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BA Investigating Theft of Personal and Financial Data

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On Thursday 6 September 2018 at about 1830 London time (UTC+1), BA announced that there had been a data breach involving customers using the BA website and the BA mobile app.

Updates from BA are being posted to this ba.com page: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb...st-information
A further update dated 25 October 2018 can be found in this post 1377. The SPG Law class action thread can be found here.

As at 1400 London time on Tuesday 11 September 2018, the body of that page read:-
Customer data theft

We are investigating, as a matter of urgency, the theft of customer data between 22:58 BST August 21 2018 until 21:45 BST September 5 2018 from our website, ba.com, and our mobile app.

The stolen data included personal and financial details of customers making bookings and changes on ba.com and the airline’s app. The data did not include travel or passport details.

The theft has been reported to the authorities and our website is now working normally.

What to do if you have been affected

If you believe you may have been affected because you made a booking or paid to change to your booking with a credit or debit card on ba.com or the mobile app between 22:58 BST August 21 2018 until 21:45 BST September 5 2018, we recommend you contact your bank or credit card provider and follow their advice.

We understand that this incident will cause concern and inconvenience. We are contacting all affected customers to say sorry, and we will continue to update them in the coming days.

Phishing

Customers should also be aware that fraudsters may be claiming to be British Airways and attempt to gather personal information by deception (known as 'phishing').

We will not be contacting any customers asking for payment card details and any such requests should be reported to the police and relevant authorities.

See below for more information on how to validate that the email you have received from us is genuine.
That is followed by a series of FAQs. These are reproduced at the end of this wikipost.

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Reports from FTers suggest that credit card companies and banks are taking differing approaches to this incident:-
  • American Express - A recorded message says they are aware of the breach, there is no need to take any further action and if you suffer any financial loss you will be fully compensated; an email says: "There is no action you need to take – we will contact you immediately if there's any unusual activity with your Account. In the meantime you can continue to use your Card as normal" (see post 293, post 401, post 470 and post 491).
  • Barclaycard - They just assured me I was fully protected, and I didn't need to do anything yet (see post 253); however at 18.20 on 7/9/18 the customer service helpline automated message says that affected cards are being reissued (see post 511).
  • Barclays Bank - They have contacted people they believe to have been affected, and have blocked their cards from online use (website/app), but the cards remain valid for physical (chip & PIN) transactions in shops, ATMs etc. New cards being dispatched "within a week" (see post 918).
  • Capital One - online transactions being blocked, new cards being issued (see post 493).
  • Chase (British Airways visa) - no contact from Chase about data breach and card still working
  • HSBC Premier Mastercard - Offering customers the option to freeze the card or replace it with a new card (see post 274).
  • Lloyds - Said "wait and see", but did give the option to cancel the card and have it reissued (see post 403).
  • Lloyds Mastercard - Based on the information they have, fraudulent use of my card is unlikely, just keep an eye on online banking and report anything suspicious (see post 370).
  • Monzo - Automatically replacing all cards (see post 371).
  • Natwest- Of the opinion that as there had been no fraudulent activity on my account to just keep an eye on things, and to call immediately if any suspicious transactions appear and fraud team would refund (post 315).
  • Sainsburys Bank - seem to be replacing all cards proactively (see post 968)
  • Starling - Automatically replacing cards (see post 460).
  • Tesco Bank - Pro-actively sending a new card as per details in this post (post 484)
  • TSB - Call the Telephone Banking Team on 03459 758758 to discuss further (see post 437).
  • Vanquis - online transactions being blocked, new cards being issued (see post 493).
FAQs (as at 1400 London time on Tuesday 11 September 2018):-
Have I been affected?

How do I know if I have been affected?

Customers who made bookings or changes to their bookings on ba.com or our mobile app between 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 and 21:45 BST September 5, 2018 may have been affected.

We advise any customers who believe they may have been affected to contact their banks or credit card providers and follow their advice.

We are experiencing high call volumes into our contact centres so please continue to check this page for the latest information.

Contact us

What data has been lost?

The personal and financial details of customers making bookings on ba.com and our mobile app between 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 and 21:45 BST September 5, 2018 was compromised. No passport or travel details were stolen. Only customers who made bookings between these dates are affected.

Names, billing address, email address and all bank card details were all at risk.

Did this affect just new bookings or any payment transaction made within the impacted time period?

All payment transactions made on ba.com or our mobile app from 22:58 BST August 21 2018 to 21:45 September 5 2018 inclusive were affected. Nothing before or after these dates and times was impacted. Payments made through our call centres, travel agents or online travel sites are not affected.

Are my saved payment card details safe if they were used to make a booking in that period?

If you made a payment using a saved card on ba.com or the mobile app from 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 to 21:45 September 5, 2018 inclusive, you may have been impacted.

No Executive Club accounts were compromised in the data theft. There is no impact to Avios or details stored with the British Airways Executive Club.

Has saved credit card data been stolen, even if a booking hasn’t been made in that period?

No, saved payment card data has not been compromised. However, if you made a payment using a saved card on ba.com or the mobile app from 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 to 21:45 September 5, 2018 inclusive, you may have been impacted.

How were phone numbers not affected?

Phone number information is collected in a separate part of the booking process and is not used as part of the payment transaction therefore this has not been impacted.

I used PayPal to pay for my ba.com transaction. Is this impacted?

If you booked through PayPal, your PayPal account will not have been compromised. There does remain the risk that some of your personal information such as your name and address may have been accessed. No passport details or travel details were compromised.

Is Apple Pay affected?

If you used Apple Pay via the mobile app then your data will not have been compromised.

I had a failed payment attempt during the affected time period – am I affected?

If you clicked the pay button on ba.com then the transaction would have taken place even if the outcome was unsuccessful and the data would have been compromised.

We advise any concerned customers to contact their banks or credit card providers and follow their advice.

Will I be affected if I made a free change to my booking but my payment card details were saved in the reservation?

If you made a free change to your booking via ba.com and did not use your payment card as part of that transaction, then you will not have been impacted.

Are travel agent bookings affected?

Only bookings or changes to bookings made directly with ba.com or the mobile app between 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 and 21:45 BST September 5, 2018 were affected.

If a change was made to a travel agent booking on ba.com and payment made for an additional product, such as seat reservations or excess baggage, then these would be affected.

Does this affect Executive Club accounts in any way? i.e. missing Avios/ Tier Points

No accounts were compromised in the data theft. There is no impact to Avios or details stored with the British Airways Executive Club.

I received an email about the data theft, however I only cancelled a booking during this time – will I be affected?

If you cancelled and refunded your booking between 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 and 21:45 September 5, 2018, you will not have been impacted.

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What should I do if I think I am affected?

Should I call my bank or cancel my credit cards?

We recommend that all customers who made bookings or changes to their bookings with ba.com or the mobile app, between 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 and 21:45 BST September 5, 2018, contact their banks or credit card providers and follow their advice.

I think my card was compromised when I made a booking on ba.com outside of the time period – what should I do?

The data theft relates to customer bookings made or changed between 22:58 BST August 21, 2018 and 21:45 September 5, 2018 only.

We advise any concerned customers to contact their banks or credit card providers and follow their advice.

How would I know if I have been a victim of identity theft?

There are a number of signs to look out for that may indicate that you might have been a victim of identity theft:-
  • Post from your bank or utility provider doesn’t arrive.
  • You apply for state benefits, but are told you are already claiming.
  • Refused financial services, credit cards or a loan, despite having a good credit rating.
  • Receiving letters in your name from solicitors or debt collectors for debts that aren’t yours.
If you think that you might be a victim of identity theft, then you should:
  • Request a copy of your credit file to check for any suspicious credit applications.
  • Report the theft of personal information and suspicious credit applications to the police and ask for a crime reference number.
  • If fraud has been committed, contact Action Fraud.
I have had some suspicious emails or phone calls – are they legitimate?

If you are concerned about an email, we recommend that you don't click on any links, open any documents or reply to it until you have looked into it further.

Official emails relating to this theft will be sent from: [email protected] You should hover over the sent email address to confirm this is where the email has been sent from before clicking on it.

British Airways will never proactively contact you to request your personal or confidential information. If you ever receive an email or call, claiming to be from us, requesting this information, please report it to us straight away.

We've put the details of the scams we're aware of on our ba.com website security page. There's also security essentials information to help you, along with details of how to report any new scams to us (or other emails/calls that have concerned you).

Will I be reimbursed?

We take the protection of our customers’ data seriously and are very sorry for the concern that this criminal activity has caused.

We will continue to keep our customers updated with the very latest information.

No customer will be out of pocket as a direct result of the criminal theft of data from ba.com and the airline’s mobile app. Any customer who made a booking between 22:58 BST August 21 2018 and 21:45 BST September 5 2018 will be reimbursed for any fraudulent activity on their accounts as a direct result of the data theft and we shall advise the process for this in due course.

We will be offering a 12-month credit rating monitoring service to any affected customer who is concerned about an impact to their credit rating, provided by specialists in the field and will share details of this in the near future.

Will BA pay for costs associated with getting new cards, e.g. postage costs?

No customer will be out of pocket as a direct result of the criminal theft of data from ba.com and the airline’s mobile app. We are working through the process and will update our customers as soon as we can.

How do I reset my ba.com password?

ba.com and Executive Club accounts have not been compromised and your login details are safe.

However, if you’d like to change your password, first ensure you are logged out of ba.com and click the Forgotten Pin/Password link on the top right-hand corner of the homepage. We recommend you choose a unique password that you do not use for any other online account.

We are aware of some customers experiencing intermittent issues when attempting to reset their passwords. We are working on resolving this as quickly as possible.

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How does this affect my bookings?

What shall I do if I am due to travel today?

The incident has been resolved and all systems are working normally so customers due to travel can check-in online as normal.

Will I still be able to check in?

Yes, all customers booked on our flights will be able to check in as normal.

Will this affect any future bookings?

The incident has been resolved and ba.com is working normally so future bookings will not be affected.

Will bookings made over the period of this incident remain confirmed?

Yes, all bookings made remain valid for travel.

If I cancelled the card my booking was made with what do I need to bring to the airport?

The payment card that was used to pay for the booking should be brought to the airport if you are the owner of the card and are travelling. However, if the payment card has expired since the booking was made and you have a new card, or you don't have the original card used for payment, please print out a copy of your flight itinerary from Manage my Booking.

I have now cancelled my credit card, but I had used that card to make a future flight booking, so how will I be able to access that booking?
You do not need to enter your payment card details when retrieving an existing booking via Manage My Booking on ba.com, so access to future booking is not restricted due to the cancellation of the payment card.
As of Wednesday 12th September, affected customers are being emailed with the following additional information

We deeply apologise for any worry and inconvenience this criminal activity has caused. For your reassurance, we’re offering you 12 months of free credit and identity monitoring services, provided by Experian, one of the UK’s leading Credit Reference agencies.

Your free ProtectMyID membership
To help you to monitor your personal information for certain signs of potential identity theft, we are offering you a free 12 month membership to Experian ProtectMyID. This service helps detect possible misuse of your personal data and provides you with identity monitoring support, focussed on the identification and resolution of identity theft.

Activating your free ProtectMyID membership
1. Ensure that you sign up for the service by 12 December 2018. Your code expires after this date.
2. Visit the ProtectMyID website to get started.
3. Click on ‘Join ProtectMyID’ (top right-hand side).
4. Enter your details along with the following activation code: XXXXXXXX
This code is unique to you and only available in this email – please keep this email for reference.

Once your membership is activated, you’ll have access to the following features:
1. Unlimited access to your Experian Credit Report.
2. Credit Alerting – an email or text to let you know when certain changes happen on your Experian Credit Report, such as the addition of a new credit search.
3. Access to an Identity Theft Resolution service if you do become a victim of fraud, where you’ll have a dedicated case worker who will support you in resolving fraud that has occurred.
4. If you are at higher risk of fraud, Experian can add protective Cifas registration to your credit report which can help prevent credit being taken in your name. The Cifas Protective Registration service places a flag alongside your name and personal details in the National Fraud Database. Companies and organisations who are signed up as members of the database will see you’re at risk and take extra steps to protect you.

If you have any questions regarding this service, then please contact Experian’s Customer Support Centre on 03444 818182*. They are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm and Saturday, 9am to 5pm.
Note that the email from BA gives you a personal "Activation Code". However, when you get to the signup forms for ProtectMyID, you put the code into the second page of the sign up form in the "Promotional Code" field.
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Old Jan 4, 19, 6:28 am
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I'm sort of glad that someone got impatient and tried to use my Amex details a couple of months ago (it got blocked at the first attempted transaction anyway - something like a Travelodge in Manchester IIRC), at least I didn't have to deal with it over Xmas/New Year. The new card arrived less than 48h after speaking to Amex, so fast enough.
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Old Jan 5, 19, 8:47 am
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I got hit on Boxing Day and had my replacement card on the Friday (48 hours) which i thought was bloody good.
I'm still waiting for my Amex card 5 days later. When I contacted them they hadn't even ordered my replacement card, in fact I got the glib response that 'the fraud team time to review accounts'. The fraudulent transaction had already been reaccredited to my account yesterday, but noone had actually ordered the replacement card to be sent out until I nudged them. I was then told it would arrive by special delivery on 8 Jan. That's well over a week since the fraud was spotted - by me, not them.
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Old Jan 8, 19, 8:28 am
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Notified this afternoon via Google Pay of a £1 reservation charge to my Amex by Uber - which I don't have an account with. I can only presume this was from someone registering it with them, with all the details obtained. Mentioned British Airways to Amex and a new card is (hopefully) on its way.
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Old Jan 8, 19, 8:31 am
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Has anyone else had an email from SPG about the current situation with the legal case?
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Old Jan 8, 19, 8:34 am
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Has anyone else had an email from SPG about the current situation with the legal case?
Yes, I received an email yesterday asking me to watch out for a questionnaire to complete.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 4:51 am
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I was just routinely checking my account today and found a pending charge of £563 from Selfridges dated yesterday. I knew it was fraud immediately and called Amex. Quickly got it sorted and advised that Selfridges is currently one of the suspect accounts being targeted. Cancelled the card straight away and advised replacement will be here in 48 hours.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 11:35 am
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Interesting. I was just eating my dinner and Amex called, a rather large charge was attempted on my card this morning to Selfridges.

I work in ecommerce and I am incredibly, incredibly guarded with card payments and details. My Amex is linked to my PayPal account which is how I pay for 99% of things. The only exceptions to that are Google Ads and Bing Ads. Looking through my statements, there was one other exception... BA.com.

The lady asked if I'd used the card on BA.com - I said no, then I remembered I paid to reserve some seats on BA.com back in the summer. Just trawled through my statements and I made two payments to them on 13th July 2018. The thing is, I've looked through all their data breach announcements and the date they put forward was transactions around 21st August. The flights themselves were booked via a TA, so it's only the seat reservations that went through BA.com.

Has anyone else, who purchased well before the breach is officially acknowledged to have started, been a victim of fraud?
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Old Jan 9, 19, 1:09 pm
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Interesting. I was just eating my dinner and Amex called, a rather large charge was attempted on my card this morning to Selfridges.

I work in ecommerce and I am incredibly, incredibly guarded with card payments and details. My Amex is linked to my PayPal account which is how I pay for 99% of things. The only exceptions to that are Google Ads and Bing Ads. Looking through my statements, there was one other exception... BA.com.

The lady asked if I'd used the card on BA.com - I said no, then I remembered I paid to reserve some seats on BA.com back in the summer. Just trawled through my statements and I made two payments to them on 13th July 2018. The thing is, I've looked through all their data breach announcements and the date they put forward was transactions around 21st August. The flights themselves were booked via a TA, so it's only the seat reservations that went through BA.com.

Has anyone else, who purchased well before the breach is officially acknowledged to have started, been a victim of fraud?
They admitted a second breach, that took place earlier in the year than the first one. This was announced 6-8 weeks after the announcement of the one that happened in August.

If you scroll up, the dates are on here somewhere.
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Old Jan 9, 19, 1:19 pm
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Thanks. I’ve spent half an hour researching further and I can see they announced in late October that customers as far as back April could have been affected, but allegedly only those making rewards bookings.

I can’t see anything about seat reservation payments, but I’m certain my details were obtained from BA.

Also, people have said BA emailed them informing them their details may have been part of the breach. I haven’t had any such email at any point and assumed therefore I had the all clear.

Pretty frustrating really.
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Old Jan 11, 19, 4:32 am
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I recently received a SafeKey code for a transaction I didn't make and had to order a replacement card as a result. Guessing it was this as I can't think of any other way my details would have been compromised...
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Old Jan 11, 19, 9:37 am
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I only use my AMEX card online for BA transactions, (I have another card i solely keep for online use) - woke up this morning, to find 4 emails about fraud attempts overnight, amounting to £1000's, luckily all stopped, but now I have the hassle of getting a new card over a weekend, luckily not going away - meanwhile AMEX have cancelled my current card.

Reluctantly after telling me about when the replacement will turn up, they advise me I can ring them up for pre-authorisation and they will let a specific amount transaction go through

it may be an unfortunate coincidence, but I suspect the BA breech is responsible for this - I didn't change card after assurance by BA/Amex - i won't be so trusting next time
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Old Jan 11, 19, 10:13 am
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All recent posts seem about AMEX. Anyone got recent incidents with Visa cards?
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Old Jan 17, 19, 11:01 am
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Mrs rapidex just had her Amex card compromised. Amex were a bit cagey but the fraud representative mentioned the BA data breach. Card cancelled, and a new card on the way.
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Old Jan 18, 19, 5:41 am
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Mrs rapidex just had her Amex card compromised. Amex were a bit cagey but the fraud representative mentioned the BA data breach. Card cancelled, and a new card on the way.
Got text and e-mal very early yesterday morning to confirm whether I had made a transaction with YOOX.NET. As I had not reacted within a couple of hours, they then called me. Confirmed card was in my possession and that I was not behind the transaction and they blocked the card immediately. In less than two hours, my Google Pay had been auto-updated so I could still pay contactless using my phone but now with the new card and the new physical card arrived today. Very impressed.

The main negative is all the time I have now spent (and still need to spend) to update the card details everywhere followed by having to pay £100 taxes and surcharges for a redemption booking on a different card yesterday – so only 100 Avios earnt rather than the 300. I think I can live with that. :-)

Strangely, my BAPP no longer has any Avios information on the online account which Amex today told me could take a couple of days to reappear. They promised I would still be earning Avios and not lose the ones earnt in the past 2–3 weeks on buying a couple of TP runs. Fingers crossed.
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Old Jan 24, 19, 4:39 am
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This finally all caught up with me while I was away. Amex declined a Spotify authorisation and asked me to confirm whether or not it was me who'd tried it. Although I didn't confirm the attempt, Amex then authorised a second Spotify attempt. Amex then further authorised a £150 charge to DesignMyNight, which wasn't me either. All of this took place while I was out of communication, so I had no idea it was going on.

I called Amex on the local number where I was, and the agent there was fully able to deal with the situation. It was nice not to have to call the UK about this, and it was a dead easy thing to sort out.

The most interesting thing in the discussion came after I confirmed that there had been fraud and Amex immediately set about dispatching a new card to me. I said that it would be some weeks before I could get that, and what should I do in the meantime if I really needed to use the Amex. (I had in mind the possibility that I might have to buy more tickets from BA.) The answer was that I could call Amex in advance so that they could unblock the "cancelled" card for the specific transaction I needed to make. That was a useful safety net, although I didn't in the end need it and the new card was waiting for me as promised.

I also managed accidentally to charge the Amex for a foreign phone top-up, because that company had stored the card number. That went through as well, although clearly I will have to pay for that one!
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