On Friday, aviation services company Swissport was the victim of a cyberattack, delaying flights and disrupting operations.
Swissport international limited is an aviation company owned by an international group of investors. The Switzerland-based company provides airport ground, ramp and air cargo handling services, fuelling, and lounge hospitality. Swissport has about 66,000 personnel and handles about 282 million passengers and around 4.8 million tons of cargo annually. Swissport is active in 307 locations in 50 countries with more than 100 cargo warehouses worldwide.
At about 6 AM on Thursday, Swissport faced a ransomware attack that impacted a limited part of its global IT infrastructure. Because of the attack, 22 flights out of Zurich, Switzerland, were delayed 3 to 20 minutes. Also, the Swissport website was not reachable.
Swissport took to Twitter on Friday to announce that its IT infrastructure had been attacked by ransomware and apologize for any effect on service delivery.
The company stated that the attack had been contained, and they were working to resolve the issue. The security teams quickly spotted the attack and started restoring the firm’s IT systems.
This attack follows several widely reported ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure across Europe the previous week, including attacks on oil facilities in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. The attack on two German oil suppliers forced energy giant shell to reroute oil supplies to other depots. Although, it is not clear if the attacks are linked or coordinated
The company did not disclose details about the attack. The company could not share any information on the type of ransomware used or whether the attackers had managed to steal any data. Also, no ransomware group has claimed the attack on the dark web. Some systems were shut temporarily while most critical systems and applications remained unaffected.