Aviation


  • Hacker finds copy of TSA no-fly list on exposed cloud storage

    January 22, 2023

    A copy of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s “no-fly list” has been found by a Swiss hacker exposed on the open internet in yet another case of misconfigured cloud storage. First reported by The Daily Dot, the exposure of the database was found by a Swiss hacker known as “maia arson crimew” on a server run ...

  • U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says flight personnel alert system not processing updates after outage

    January 11, 2023

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) system that alerts pilots and other flight personnel about hazards or any changes to airport facility services and relevant procedures was not processing updated information, the civil aviation regulator’s website showed on Wednesday. In an advisory, the FAA said its NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) system had “failed”. There was ...

  • Air France and KLM notify customers of account hacks

    January 6, 2023

    Air France and KLM have informed Flying Blue customers that some of their personal information was exposed after their accounts were breached. Flying Blue is a loyalty program allowing clients of multiple airlines, including Air France, KLM, Transavia, Aircalin, Kenya Airways, and TAROM, to exchange loyalty points for various rewards. “Our security operations teams have detected suspicious ...

  • Eurozone plans to formalize passenger data, improve security

    December 20, 2022

    The European Commission last week proposed rules governing the use of Advance Passenger Information in a bid to strengthen border security. As commissioner for home affairs Ylva Johansson explained during a press conference, travel in and out of the Schengen zone – the 26 European countries between which passengers are free to travel without visas – ...

  • Cyber vulnerability in networks used by spacecraft, aircraft and energy generation systems

    November 15, 2022

    A major vulnerability in a networking technology widely used in critical infrastructures such as spacecraft, aircraft, energy generation systems and industrial control systems was exposed by researchers at the University of Michigan and NASA. It goes after a network protocol and hardware system called time-triggered ethernet, or TTE, which greatly reduces costs in high-risk settings by ...

  • Hackers took down U.S. airport web sites, Department of Homeland Security confirms

    October 10, 2022

    Unknown hackers attacked and temporarily shut down the public-facing websites of at least several major U.S. airports on Monday, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed to USA TODAY. The official from DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA, declined to comment on who might have been behind what appeared to be a coordinated series ...

  • Lazarus hackers abuse Dell driver bug using new FudModule rootkit

    October 1, 2022

    The notorious North Korean hacking group ‘Lazarus’ was seen installing a Windows rootkit that abuses a Dell hardware driver in a Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver attack. The spear-phishing campaign unfolded in the autumn of 2021, and the confirmed targets include an aerospace expert in the Netherlands and a political journalist in Belgium. According to ESET, which ...

  • American Airlines discloses data breach after employee email compromise

    September 19, 2022

    American Airlines has notified customers of a recent data breach after attackers compromised an undisclosed number of employee email accounts and gained access to sensitive personal information. In notification letters sent on Friday, September 16th, the airline explained that it has no evidence that the exposed data was misused. American Airlines discovered the breach on July 5th, ...

  • New Wave of Espionage Activity Targets Asian Governments

    September 13, 2022

    A distinct group of espionage attackers who were formerly associated with the ShadowPad remote access Trojan (RAT) has adopted a new, diverse toolset to mount an ongoing campaign against a range of government and state-owned organizations in a number of Asian countries. The attacks, which have been underway since at least early 2021, appear to ...

  • Albania Claims New Cyberattack on Day the US Sanctions Iran for July Attack

    September 9, 2022

    Albania said it suffered another cyberattack on the day the U.S. announced sanctions against Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) for an attack launched against Tirana’s government computer systems in July. “The national police’s computer systems were hit Friday by a cyberattack which, according to initial information, was committed by the same actors who in ...

  • Potential hack for some Boeing planes fixed

    August 12, 2022

    A digital vulnerability in the computer systems used on some Boeing Co aircraft that could have allowed malicious hackers to modify data and cause pilots to make dangerous miscalculations has been fixed, security researchers said on Friday. Older versions of a digital tool used to calculate landing and take-off speeds on some aircraft could be tampered ...

  • Walmart-controlled flight booking service suffers substantial data leak

    July 19, 2022

    An Indian flight booking website majority-owned by US retail colossus Walmart has experienced a data breach, but is saying very little about what happened or the risks to customers. News of the breach emerged on Monday, when customers received a message. While the message to customers assures them that “no sensitive information pertaining to your Cleartrip account” ...

  • Defense contractor pays $9m to settle whistleblower’s cybersecurity allegations

    July 11, 2022

    Aerojet Rocketdyne, which makes propulsion and power systems for launch vehicles, missiles and satellites for NASA and the US military, has agreed to pay $9 million to settle charges it misrepresented its products’ compliance with cybersecurity requirements in federal government contracts. The El Segundo, California-based company has a deep history in American space and military contracting, ...

  • Germany unveils plan to tackle cyberattacks on satellites

    July 5, 2022

    The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has put out an IT baseline protection profile for space infrastructure amid concerns that attackers could turn their gaze skywards. The document, published last week, is the result of a year of work by Airbus Defence and Space, the German Space Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), ...

  • Critically Underrated: Studying the Data Distribution Service (DDS) Protocol

    April 19, 2022

    Despite being unknown even to industry practitioners, the Data Distribution Service (DDS) protocol has been in use for more than a decade. This middleware software technology is responsible for running billions of public and private devices and mechanisms currently in use. DDS is integral in embedded systems that require real-time machine-to-machine communication, facilitating a reliable ...

  • Modem-wiping malware caused Viasat satellite broadband outage in Europe

    April 1, 2022

    Tens of thousands of Viasat satellite broadband modems that were disabled in a cyber-attack some weeks ago were wiped by malware with possible links to Russia’s destructive VPNFilter, according to SentinelOne. On February 24, as Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Viasat terminals in Europe and Ukraine were suddenly and unexpectedly knocked offline and rendered inoperable. This caused, ...

  • Powerful cyber attack on Russia’s Civil Aviation Authority servers: no more data nor back-up

    March 29, 2022

    A powerful and effective cyberattack on the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia) infrastructure that took place on Saturday morning has erased all documents, files, aircraft registration data and mails from the servers. In total, about 65 terabytes of data was erased. The news became known on Monday morning, the agency’s official website (favt.ru) went ...

  • Britain, U.S. warn of satellite communications risks after Ukraine hack

    March 18, 2022

    Britain and the United States have warned organisations of the risks associated with using satellite communications following a cyberattack on satellite internet modems as Russia invaded Ukraine. Western intelligence agencies have been investigating the attack which disrupted broadband satellite internet access provided by U.S. telecommunications firm Viasat, Reuters reported last week. “It’s certainly something we’re investigating quite ...

  • CISA: Strengthening Cybersecurity of SATCOM Network Providers and Customers

    March 17, 2022

    CISA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are aware of possible threats to U.S. and international satellite communications (SATCOM) networks. Successful intrusions into SATCOM networks could create additional risk for SATCOM network customer environments. In response, CISA and FBI have published joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) Strengthening Cybersecurity of SATCOM Network Providers and Customers, which provides ...

  • Russian space agency says hacking satellites is an act of war

    March 2, 2022

    Russia will consider any cyberattacks targeting Russian satellite infrastructure an act of war, as the country’s space agency director said in a TV interview. Dmitry Rogozin, the current head of the Russian Roscosmos State Space Corporation, added that such attempts would also be considered crimes and investigated by Russia’s law enforcement agencies. “Because disabling the satellite group ...