Fri. Feb 22nd, 2019

Airbus Hacked

Defense and Space company Airbus, reveals that they suffered a hack attack leading to a data breach.

An Airbus SE detected a cyber incident on Airbus ‘Commercial Aircraft business’ information systems, which resulted in unauthorized access to data. Airbus is currently investigating the intrusion.

Airbus, is the second largest aviation and aeronautics business, the company is headquartered in Leiden, Netherlands, although its main civilian airplane business is based near Toulouse, France. The company’s and manufacturing facilities are spread across Europe, the U.K., with other facilities in China and the United States. The company has 129,000 employees and reported 2017 revenue of $67.8 billion.

According to an company representative, the incident is being thoroughly investigated by Airbus’ experts who have taken immediate and appropriate actions to reinforce existing security measures and to mitigate its potential impact, as well as determining its origins.

Further Investigations are ongoing to understand if any specific data was targeted.

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation requires businesses that store Europeans’ personal data to notify relevant authorities within 72 hours of learning about a data breach. Airbus has not revealed how attackers might have gained access to its systems, although security experts say the majority of intrusions trace to spear-phishing attacks, for which IT personnel are often a target. Airbus employees are being advised to take necessary precautions going forward.

Brexit Warning

A potential culprit behind the Airbus hack: politically motivated hackers.

Airbus has been recently raising the hackles of pro-Brexit groups in the U.K. Branding. Airbus has threatened to pull out of the U.K. if the country fails to secure a deal with the EU before its exit from the European Union, which is scheduled to occur on March 29.

If a deal has not been made, Airbus will have to make harmful decisions for the U.K.. Airbus UK employs 14,000 in the U.K. Brexit ; therefore, creating  a major impact on the Airbus wings factory at Broughton, Wales, which employs 6,000, as well as on the 3,000 employees in Filton, southwestern England, where wings are designed and supported.

Lucrative Targets

Due to the value of Aerospace and defense firms intellectual property, have remain targets by hackers. In 2014, the FBI accused three Chinese nationals for hacking into Boeing and other military contractors to steal trade secrets on aircraft.

In March 2018,  Boeing was hit by WannaCry, and it’s not clear if the attack was targeted or whether it might have simply resulted from a mistake, such as a contractor connecting an infected laptop to Boeing’s network.