Posted 06/22/2015 at 9:24 AM
Posted 2 years ago
In a recent attack, hackers have shown their willingness to seize control of the friendly skies.
On Sunday, 1,400 passengers traveling via the Polish airline LOT were stranded at the Chopin International airport in Warsaw, Poland due to hackers gaining access to the air carrier’s ground computer systems.
These systems are integral to issuing flight plans for the airline.
The system was hacked into early in the afternoon, grounding 10 flights and delaying another dozen flights yet to take off.
Thankfully, the safety of flights already operating was not compromised including those set to arrive in Warsaw, according a representative with LOT Airlines.
The systems were back online five hours later, and some of the passengers who were grounded were able to get their flights with no further hassle.
LOT also looked to provide hotel rooms for those affected. But there is lingering concern about the further implications of such an attack — representative Adrian Kubicki expressed as much by stating: “We’re using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry”.
Law enforcement officials are currently conducting an investigation into the incident.