Eurostar Forces Customers To Reset Passwords, But Does It Really Need To

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Eurostar is the latest transportation company to be hit by a data breach following the recent BA breach.

The breach, which occurred between 15 and 19 October, was noticed when Eurostar detected an “unauthorised attempt” to hack into its systems and access user accounts. Eurostar emailed customers with the information, stating that it had identified multiple attempts to access eurostar.com accounts using users’ email addresses and passwords.

Ilia Kolochenko, CEO at High-Tech Bridge:
“The announcement is a little bit obscure and contradictory. An “unauthorized attempt” should not lead to mass password reset, as millions of attempts to hack into a system occur every minute. Afterwards, a much stronger term of data breach is used, however, without any further details.

The incident deserves a though technical investigation, as if personal data was stolen, it can be leveraged in eye-catching spear-phishing attacks, password reuse and identity theft scam. All notified victims of the alleged breach should immediately change all other passwords if they were identical or similar to Eurostar’s one. Special precaution should be given to any incoming emails, instant messages and even phone calls.”

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