By Rachel Munsch

Airports hit by email phishing

Seemingly every day there emerges new proof that in the world of cybercrime, everyone is a possible victim. The nature of malicious incursions are so varied, and the targets so diverse, that nobody can ever guess where the next major breach will land. In this realm of ever-mounting threats, the best thing businesses of all sizes can do is implement endpoint threat detection and response measures that can stop a hacker in his or her tracks. As a recent cyberattack shows, these protective measures need to be taken by all enterprises.

 

Airports Land In The Middle Of Some Security Issues

According to Politico, the Airports Council International-North America is confirming that a targeted attack on airports around the country occurred last year. The attack is thought to have been carried out by what’s known as an advanced persistent threat group – a hacking cohort that’s subsidized by some very large entity like a government or a big corporation. Because of their high-powered funding sources, APTs can often spell significant trouble for their victims.

Christopher Bidwell, vice president for security and facilitation at the Airports Council International-North America, said that his group notified impacted airports about the breach when it happened last year. However, there is still very little known about the hackers apart from the likelihood that they’re foreign and that they have a substantial funding base. This malicious intrusion is a unique one in that APT criminals had not been reported to attack airports before this situation arose. There were 75 airports altogether that were targeted in the APT incident, but any significant negative impacts of the breaches were mitigated by the Center for Internet Security, which provided help to the airports.

“CIS provided assistance and all compromised systems were remediated,” CIS stated.

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