Security News

Attack on San Francisco Airport Linked to Russian Hackers
2020-04-15 13:41

The recently disclosed attack aimed at two websites pertaining to the San Francisco International Airport is the work of Russian hackers, ESET claims. In March, two SFO websites were found to have been compromised by hackers and injected with code designed to steal visitors' Windows login credentials.

San Francisco International Airport Discloses Data Breach
2020-04-13 11:58

Hackers managed to breach two websites pertaining to the San Francisco International Airport in March 2020, the airport has revealed. The incident involved and, two low-traffic websites designed to keep visitors informed on a variety of SFO-related topics, such as the COVID-19 crisis, alternate AirTrain routing, airfield operations, airport construction contracts, and the like.

SFO Websites Hacked: Airport Discloses Data Breach
2020-04-10 22:46

The San Francisco International Airport disclosed this week two of its websites had been hacked and lead to the disclosure of some users' login credentials at both sites. "The attackers inserted malicious computer code on these websites to steal some users' login credentials," according to a message posted to both site's homepages by the SFO's Airport Information Technology and Telecommunications director.

ACLU Sues Over U.S. Airport Facial-Recognition Technology
2020-03-13 15:19

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit the Department of Homeland Security over its use of facial recognition technology in airports, decrying the government's "Extraordinarily dangerous path" to normalize facial surveillance as well as its secrecy in making specific details of the plan public. "Our lawsuit seeks to make public the government's contracts with airlines, airports, and other entities pertaining to the use of face recognition at the airport and the border; policies and procedures concerning the acquisition, processing, and retention of our biometric information; and analyses of the effectiveness of facial recognition technology," Ashley Gorski, a state attorney for the ACLU, wrote in a blog post about the lawsuit published online Thursday.

97 of the world's 100 largest airports have massive cybersecurity risks
2020-01-30 19:38

ImmuniWeb decided to look into airport cybersecurity after the topic was highlighted during the 2020 World Economic Forum. In its own report, released on January 22, the WEF called for airports to address emerging cybersecurity challenges.

Albany Airport Pays Off Sodinokibi Ransomware Gang: Report
2020-01-13 17:03

Officials at the Albany International Airport paid a ransom to cybercriminals after the facility's systems were hit with the Sodiniokibi ransomware strain on Christmas, the Albany Times Union reports. At no point did the ransomware attack affect the airport's day-to-day operations, airport officials said.

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport antics
2020-01-13 14:10

The managing director of a Manchester-based infosec firm has been fined for flying his helicopter into an air traffic control zone without permission - having first launched a rant at tower controllers. Joel Tobias, a helicopter owner and pilot who was described by the Manchester Evening News as a "Wealthy businessman", was fined £1,600 plus £870 in legal costs after his on-frequency rant at air traffic controller Andrea Tolley.

Christmas Ransomware Attack Hit New York Airport Servers
2020-01-10 18:03

An upstate New York airport and its computer management provider were attacked by ransomware over Christmas, officials said. Officials at the Albany County Airport Authority announced Thursday that the attack came to light after Schenectady-based LogicalNet reported its own management services network had been breached.

DHS May Require US Citizens Be Photographed at Airports
2019-12-04 14:31

Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers — including American citizens — be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using...

Pilot presses the wrong button, triggers airport hostage alarm
2019-11-07 13:11

We've all been there - faced with a button that is just begging to be pressed...