Security experts warn airlines face threat of cyber attacks


July 5, 2015

Airlines are increasingly at risk of cyber attacks that could pose significant safety issues and force carriers to ground their fleets to protect passenger welfare, causing major financial damage , security experts say.

“There are huge risks and challenges facing the airlines,” Eric Lowenstein, a Sydney-based cyber-risks practice leader at insurance group Aon, said. “We are not just talking about [passenger data] privacy.”

LOT Polish Airlines last month was forced to cancel 10 flights and delay 12 others in response to an attack against computers issuing flight plans at Warsaw’s Okecie Airport that overloaded its network. That came a few weeks after United Airlines had grounded all its flights in the US, reportedly after bogus flight plans appeared in its system.

 

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