Breach Brief: Cyberattack on LOT Polish Airlines grounds 10 flights


Hackers grounded 10 flights and delayed another 12 by Polish airline LOT after breaching their computer system.


Nearly 1,400 passengers of the Polish airline LOT were affected at Warsaw’s Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers managed to access the computer system responsible for issuing flight plans.

(Source: Wikipedia)

(Source: Wikipedia)

What happened? The cyberattack targeted computers issuing flight plans at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, officials said. As a result, LOT was forced to ground 10 flights and delayed another 12 including those to Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Copenhagen. The breach took place in the afternoon and, upon being detected, required just about five hours to repair the damage. However, the source of the hack remains unknown.

What they’re saying: In a statement, the airline said that the airport itself wasn’t affected, nor were flights already in the air compromised by the breach. “We’re using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry,” company spokesman Adrian Kubicki said. “We’re using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry.”

This latest incident comes amid growing concerns that even the most trusted sites and systems can be used by hackers aimed at infiltrating sensitive industries. With the number of breaches on the rise and no apparent end in sight, how can you ensure that your network and its data are protected?

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