Princess Cruises and Holland America Line informed about a cyber security breach, during which hackers accessed personal information, like passport and Social Security numbers of guests, crew and employees.
According to Carnival Corp., the parent company of Princess and Holland America cruises, hackers gained unauthorized access to some employee email accounts between April 11 and July 23, 2019.
The accounts included the personal data of those who had traveled and worked on board the Princess and Holland America ships, exposing various data, such as:
- Social Security numbers;
- Government identification information, such as passport numbers and driver’s license numbers;
- Credit cards and financial account information;
- Health-related information.
Carnival did not reveal how many passengers and employees were affected. However, it filed a data security notice with the California Attorney General, indicating that at least 500 California residents were involved in the case, as this is the minimum number of people needed to trigger a mandatory filing.
Commenting on the news, Jim Van Dyke, co-founder and CEO of Breach Clarity, said that this is a nasty breach. Breach Clarity rated both the Princess and Holland America breaches a ‘seven’ risk level out of ten.
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