Airlines warn passengers of data breach after aviation tech supplier is hit by cyberattack

Global aviation industry IT supplier SITA has confirmed it has fallen victim to a cyberattack, with hackers gaining access to personal information of airline passengers.

The information technology and communications company, which claims to serve around 90% of the world’s airlines, said that a cyberattack on February 24, 2021 led to “data security incident” involving passenger data that was stored on SITA Passenger Service System Inc. servers located at Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.

A statement by SITA describes the incident as a “highly sophisticated attack” and said that the company “acted swiftly” to contain the incident, which still remains under investigation by SITA’s Security Incident Response Team, alongside external cybersecurity experts.

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Source: ZDNet