Delta Air Lines says some customer payment information may have been exposed in a data breach.
The incident occurred from September 26 to October 12, 2017, but Delta was just informed of the matter last week.
“At this point, even though only a small subset of our customers would have been exposed, we cannot say definitively whether any of our customers’ information was actually accessed or subsequently compromised,” Delta said in the statement.
Only customer payment information may have been accessed. No passport, government ID, security or SkyMiles information was impacted.
Delta said customers who may have been affected by the 7.ai cyber incident will be contacted directly. The airline added that it will ensure its customers aren’t responsible for any fraudulent use of payment cards connected to this incident.
You can go to delta.com/response starting at noon on Thursday, April 5 to get updates on the situation.
Meanwhile, Reuters reports that this same data breach exposed credit card information of under 100,000 Sears and Kmart customers. The retailer is another one of 7.ai's clients.
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