Miami cruise operator Carnival discloses personal data breach, cyberattack



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Miami cruise operator Carnival discloses personal data breach, cyberattack

Miami-based British-American cruise operator, Carnival Corp., the world’s largest travel and leisure company having had a fleet of more than 100 vessels across 10 cruise line brands, disclosed later this week that the cruise operator had become aware of an unauthorized access into its computer systems in March, while Carnival Corp had immediately alerted the regulators and hired a cybersecurity firm to find out the perpetrator of the cyberattack.

Alongside this, the Florida-headquartered company, whose shares’ prices were pummelled as much as 5.75 per cent last week to $28.18 following reveal of the cyberattack, had also added in a statement that the cyberattack had caught Carnival Corp’s sight on March and the company had acted quickly to “to shut down the event and prevent further unauthorized access.

Carnival Corp discloses cyberattack, personal data breach

On top of that, according to an emailed statement issued by the cruise operator, the cyberattack on the world’s largest leisure and travel company’s computer systems appeared to have impacted critical personal information of some guests alongside crews and employees of Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and medical operations.

Besides, Carnival Corp had also added “There is evidence indicating a low likelihood of the data being misused,” and the cruise line operator had alerted all individuals whose data had been breached and set off a data centre to answer their queries.

If truth is to be told, latest Carnival Corp disclosure of a potential cyberattack in March this year followed a flurry of ransomware attacks on a raft of EU- and the US-based deep-pocket conglomerates including a data breach at Volkswagen that involved as many as 3.3 million people alongside a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline last month that had stalled the United States’ major fuel pipeline for nearly a week.