Aviation


  • Cyberwarfare in space: Satellites at risk of hacker attacks

    July 2, 2019

    There’s an urgent need for NATO and its member countries to address the cybersecurity of space-based satellite control systems because they’re vulnerable to cyberattacks – and if left unaddressed, it could have severe consequences for global security, a new paper from a major thinktank on international affairs has warned. Almost all modern military engagements rely on space-based assets, ...

  • NASA’s crap infosec could be ‘significant threat’ to space ops

    March 11, 2019

    NASA’s Office of the Inspector General has once again concluded the American space agency’s tech security practices are “not consistently implemented”. Confirmation that the US government department’s infosec abilities are not up to scratch was a repeat of last year’s federally mandated security audit, which also found that processes and procedures were below par. Oversight personnel from ...

  • Flaw in Multiple Airline Systems Exposes Passenger Data

    February 7, 2019

    Researchers have discovered that multiple airline e-ticketing systems do not encrypt check-in links. The security faux pas could allow bad actors on the same network as the victim to view – and in some cases even change – their flight booking details or boarding passes. Security researchers at Wandera said that eight airlines have been sending ...

  • Airbus data breach impacts employees in Europe

    January 30, 2019

    European aerospace corporation Airbus disclosed today a security breach that impacted its commercial aircraft manufacturing business. The company said the security breach “resulted in unauthorised access to data.” According to a press release published earlier today, Airbus said that “some personal data was accessed,” but “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.” Read more… Source: ...

  • NASA discloses data breach

    December 19, 2018

    The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) admitted today to getting hacked earlier this year. In an internal memo sent to all employees, the agency said that an unknown intruder gained access to one of its servers storing the personal data of current and former employees. Social Security numbers were also compromised, NASA said. The agency ...

  • OilRig APT Continues Its Ongoing Malware Evolution

    September 13, 2018

    The Iran-linked APT appears to be in a state of continuous tool development, analogous to the DevOps efforts seen in the legitimate software world. OilRig, an APT group believed to have ties to Iran, has been spotted in yet another campaign in the Middle East – this time targeting victims within an undisclosed government using an ...

  • Delta Confirms Breach Of Customer Payment Details

    April 5, 2018

    Hackers have had access to Delta customer payment data for over six months after third party breach US airline Delta Air Lines and American department store Sears Holding have both confirmed a data breach, after an incident involving a third party tech provider. Delta said that it was notified last week by 7.ai, a company that provides online chat ...

  • ‘Significant amount’ of sensitive security data stolen in Perth Airport hacking

    December 10, 2017

    A skilled hacker in Vietnam stole sensitive security details and building plans from Perth Airport after breaking into its computer systems. The West Australian can reveal Vietnamese man Le Duc Hoang Hai used the credentials of a third-party contractor to get access to the airport’s computer systems in March last year. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s cybersecurity adviser Alastair ...

  • DHS, FBI describe North Korea’s use of FALLCHILL malware

    November 14, 2017

    The North Korean government has likely been using the malware since 2016 to target the aerospace, telecommunications, and finance industries, the US government says. The federal government on Tuesday issued an alert detailing the North Korean government’s use of malware known as FALLCHILL, warning that North Korea has likely been using the malware since 2016 to target the ...

  • Experts working with Homeland Security hacked into Boeing 757

    November 10, 2017

    There’s some unsettling news about one of America’s most widely-used jetliners. In a test, experts working with Homeland Security hacked into a Boeing 757. The team of researchers needed only two days in September 2016 to remotely hack into a 757 parked at the airport in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Speaking at a conference this week, Robert Hickey of ...

  • Defence data hack puts cyber security in the spotlight

    October 12, 2017

    Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has warned firms they face losing government contracts if they do not have strong levels of protection against cyber attacks in place after a massive hack of secret data involving Australia’s new fleet of Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, spy planes and warships. As cyber security experts backed the minister’s call, Mr Pyne deflected ...

  • Virgin America Hacked, Employee Passwords and Personal Information Compromised

    July 28, 2017

    Virgin America has confirmed in a letter sent to employees that its network was compromised by hackers, with data belonging to thousands of workers compromised and possibly stolen by the attackers. While an investigation is already under way, the airline did not provide any specifics about the hackers, saying instead that it’s working with law enforcement ...

  • Siemens Patches Authentication Bypass Flaw in SiPass Server

    July 14, 2017

    A handful of vulnerabilities in Siemens’ SiPass integrated server have been patched, including one that allows an attacker to bypass authentication on the box. SiPass is the company’s integrated access control server managing physical access in a number of industries and use cases. The product supports card readers and integrates with video surveillance equipment, among other ...

  • German military aviation command launches cyber threat initiative

    July 12, 2017

    The German military’s aviation safety chief has launched a new initiative against cyber threats, citing research that he said shows hackers can commandeer military airplanes with the help of equipment that costs about 5,000 euros ($5,700). A defense ministry spokesman told Reuters that development of new “aviation cyber expertise” would cover everything from raising consciousness about ...

  • ICAO: Terrorism and cyberattacks are a ‘significant concern’

    July 10, 2017

    ICAO secretary general Fang Liu has told the United Nations (UN) counter-terrorism committee that threat and risk information must be shared to overcome “significant concern” of terrorism against aviation. “Foreign terrorist fighter movements, landside attacks, threats posed by insiders and airport staff, and the use of increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices are all significant concerns,” Liu ...

  • Fake Delta Airline Receipts Spread Financial Malware

    April 24, 2017

    Spam emails posing as Delta Air payment confirmation emails are spreading financial and banking malware to computers. According to Heimdal Security firm, a new campaign trying to get access to your financial information was noticed in the wild. Users are receiving spam emails posing as payment confirmations from Delta Air. As the researchers point out, this is ...

  • Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat

    April 2, 2017

    Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of ...

  • Nato to spend £2.6 billion on satellites, cyber security and drones

    March 27, 2017

    Nato will announce plans to spend €3bn (£2.6bn) on upgrading its satellite and computer technology over the next three years, a senior official has said. As the alliance adapts to new types of warfare it hoped the technology will deter hackers, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) acknowledges conflicts are increasingly fought out online rather than in the air, on land or at sea. The ...

  • Airport boarding gate display leaks booking codes, puts passenger data at risk

    January 10, 2017

    While waiting for my flight to begin boarding at a European airport recently, I noticed that one of the screens at the gate showed a timed-out web browser window. Being curious and more than a little bored, I opened the IP address displayed on the screen on my smartphone expecting it to be unreachable from ...