Travel leisure company Carnival Corporation discloses data breach

Pierluigi Paganini March 07, 2020

The world’s largest travel leisure company Carnival Corporation discloses a data breach that took place last year and which exposed the personal information of its customers.

Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest travel leisure company, discloses a data breach that took place in 2019. The company is informing customers of the incident, a third-party gained unauthorized access to their personal information.

Carnival Corporation has 100 vessels across 10 cruise line brands.

The company launched an investigation immediately after it discovered an anomalous activity on its network in May 2019.

“In late May 2019, we identified suspicious activity on our network. Upon identifying this potential security issue, we engaged cybersecurity forensic experts and initiated an investigation to determine what happened, what data was affected, and who was impacted.” reads the data breach notification. “It now appears that between April 11 and July 23, 2019, an unsanctioned third party gained unauthorized access to some employee email accounts that contained personal information regarding our guests.”

Exposed guests’ personal information can include name, address, Social Security number, government identification number, such as passport number or driver’s license number, and health-related information. For some clients, credit card and financial account information might have been exposed.

Carnival Corporation is not aware of the misuse of exposed personal information, it confirmed that it is still investigating the incident with the help of law enforcement.

“In addition to our ongoing investigation, we reported this matter to law enforcement and are offering our full cooperation.” continues the notification. “We take privacy and security of personal information very seriously, and we are offering affected individuals free credit monitoring and identity theft detection services through ID Experts® to provide you with MyIDCare™ ”

The company did not reveal the extent of the incident, anyway, it recommends customers to remain vigilant to avoid being victims of illegal activities, such as scams or identity theft.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Carnival Corporation)

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