Airline Cancels Flights Due to Malware
Here is yet another example of how cyber crime is finding its way into our real lives.
LOT Polish Airlines was forced to cancel 10 flights scheduled to depart from Warsaw’s Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked its ground computer systems.
The IT attack, which was not described in detail, left the company unable to create flight plans for outbound flights, grounding around 1,400 passengers.
The company said that plane systems were not affected and aircraft that were already in the air were able to continue their flight or to land. The incident affected only the ability of planes to depart from the airport for several hours.
It’s not clear what kind of attack it was and whether it was the hackers’ intention to ground planes or if the systems were taken offline as part of incident response procedures.
LOT Polish Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for more details.
This is not the first time hackers or malware have affected computer systems belonging to airports or airlines, although it’s one of the rare cases where such an attack actually had an impact on flight schedules.
This incident demonstrates that while attacking in-flight systems may have made headlines recently, there are many more areas of vulnerability to address in the aviation industry, Like most industries today, aviation relies on a wide variety of interconnected systems, from air traffic control to reservations systems.