The computer system of the Carnival tourism group, which specialises in cruises, has suffered a ransomware attack. Hackers were able to access and download personal data of customers and employees.
Carnival, the cruise line tourism group, announced Monday, August 17, 2020 that a computer system of one of its brands has been attacked by ransomware.
It has opened an investigation into this computer attack. The group, which owns the cruise lines AIDA, Princess Cruises and Carnival, does not specify which subsidiary is concerned.
FILES WERE DOWNLOADED
Ransomware is malware that paralyzes a system by encrypting all the files on it. The criminals then offer to provide the victim with the key to decrypt the data for ransom.
During the attack on the Carnival group, the hackers "probably" gained access to the personal data of customers and employees, the cruise line operator added. Files were even allegedly downloaded.
The company does not believe this attack will have a significant impact on its business, operations or financial results.
However, Carnival adds that it is aware that this computer attack could lead to claims from employees, customers, shareholders or regulatory agencies.
The company adds that computer systems in other industries may have been affected, although it "does not believe" that this is the case.