Hackers hit Ctrip website

29 May 2015 by Clement Huang

Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency, was crippled for several hours yesterday when an attack from hackers took the company’s website and appoffline.

According to a statement on Ctrip’s Weibo microblog, the company acknowledged the attack but also stressed that customers’ personal data, including credit card information, were safe, as were all existing flight bookings.

Ctrip also confirmed that following a thorough investigation, its website and app resumed operations last night at 23:29pm local (Beijing) time.

American stock exchange NASDAQ has reported that the listed company saw its shares fall by almost 20 per cent as a result of the attack.

Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Wang Chao, a Hong Kong-based analyst for Nomura, said it was still too early to see if the attack would have any long-term implications for Ctrip’s accounts.

“It depends on how long it takes them to repair the problem and how the mainland customers react to the incident,” said Wang.

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