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News had widely circulated that British Airways (BA) had finally settled the class of action lawsuit, which was related to an alleged data breach. Although it is not quite clear under what terms the settlement with the affected persons was reached, PGMBM, one of the law agencies, which had initially filed the suit, stated that the agreement was confidential. It was rumoured that the airline was to hand out amounts worth millions of pounds, to officially close the case in the Wales High Court. Based on a statement, which was released by the representing law agencies, it was only stated that the matter was resolved when BA agreed to compensate qualifying claimants who were part of the litigation but the resolution did not whatsoever involve any admission of liability from the airline.
Back in 2018, there was a breach of data from British Airways, which involved the credit card details, email addresses and postal addresses of as many as 380,000 people who were using British Airways, being stolen due to its payment processing web page being infected with Magecart. They did this by diverting unsuspecting victims to a malicious website where important details were harvested within a period of 15 days. During this time, login credentials of BA employee’s and even executive club accounts were potentially accessed. The data was made easily accessible because of a storage failure at the airline’s end. The firm had constantly been saving credit card details from its users in plain texts without encrypting since 2015, which eventually led to the hack and hence resulting in the group of regulators fining the airline.
A British Airways spokesperson apologized to all those who had been affected by the hack following a statement and further clarified that they were finally pleased to officially announce that the group action suit was settled. A spokesperson for PGMBM called the settlement a win at the regulator’s end even though the airlines did not actually admit any wrong doing. The millions of pounds that will emerge from British Airways will benefit the individuals affected as well as the lawyers who had been fighting the case and are set to receive as much as 35% of the total payout. Keller Lenkner, which also participated in the law suit stated in their official page that compensation of approximately $2000 was likely.