Cathay Pacific bosses slammed for covering up passenger data breach

Local | 14 Nov 2018 12:37 pm

Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar has again rejected charges of a cover-up as lawmakers grilled the airline official over the handling of a data leak that affected millions of passengers, RTHK reports.

"I like to make it absolutely clear there was never an attempt to cover anything up," Slosar said.

This came after legislators across the political spectrum questioned Cathay Pacific officials during a joint-Legco panel meeting to discuss the incident. The lawmakers accused the airline officials of covering up the massive data breach that involved information on more than 9.4 million customers.

The airline failed to notify the authorities and passengers after it detected suspected cyber attacks back in March and only made the leak public last month, calling it "the most serious crisis it has ever faced.''

Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong legislator Gary Chan Hak-kan said he was angry about Cathay's handling of the incident, accusing the airline of ignoring the interests of their customers by failing to notify the police when they could not handle the attacks internally.

Council Front's Claudia Mo Man-ching asked who made the decision to delay the announcement of the data breach and whether anyone has been held accountable for this.

The Democratic Party's Lam Cheuk-ting said Cathay's decision showed a lack of common sense and he suspected the management was just trying to hide the data breach from the public and the government.

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