Airbus experiences a data breach after a "cyber incident"

by Alice Woods - -

Airbus announces about the cyber incident related to Airbus information systems

The giant Airbus company experiences a data breach after an incident

One of the largest's airplane companies – Airbus[1] – has recently announced about experiencing a data breach resulting in unauthorized actions against its data. According to the company's announcement, the data breach is closely related to a cyber attack launched against the company's so-called “Commercial Aircraft business” systems.[2] As a result, random people gained the ability to access specific data which was supposed to be kept private.

The good news is that the Airbus has taken actions to prevent more issues related to the attack. As the organization announced in its original web page, the hackers shouldn't be able to reach their systems again:[3]

This 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.  

As different sources report, leaked information belongs to the Airbus employees only

Airbus has claimed that they do not have particular information on what kind of details were leaked during the breach. However, the organization added that some part of exposed details is related to personal data and IT identification information of the company's employees. The staff has been warned to take all precautionary measures possible.

Having in mind that Airbus delivers a surprising number of airplanes to various customers per year, it is known that cybercriminals might try to misuse the Internet Protocol address and other important information belonging to this organization just to fasten the production process.[4] Some good news is that no operations have been affected during the data breach:

Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR)  detected a cyber incident on Airbus “Commercial Aircraft business” information systems, which resulted in unauthorised access to data. There is no impact on Airbus’ commercial operations.

Data breaches and attacks against well-known companies are becoming more popular

Sadly, data breaches have become a common occurrence nowadays. Various tech giants, governmental authorities and other companies become the victims of such incidents almost every day. For example, last year security experts were discussing Air Canada which experienced a data breach involving 1.7 million of its mobile app users.[5] Exposure included such data as users' gender, birthdate, residence address, Aeroplan number, and other.

However, not only data breaches are causing trouble for worldwide companies. Another huge firm, known as Boeing, has also become the victim of a malicious cybercrime. The infamous WannaCry ransomware hit the organization in 2018 and managed to infect a number of the company's systems. Gladly, the production was not intruded.[6]

Note that data breaches can affect any user and you can also become one of the affected ones. If you are keen on keeping your personal information safe and private, you should take some precautionary measures to protect it.

For regular users, we recommend activating the two-factor authentication for their online accounts. Additionally, all people should choose strong and reliable passwords as this also will add an extra layer for their data protection. Also, try to perform all important operations, e.g. banking transfers, payments, etc., from your home computer only and do not connect to your account anywhere else if it is not necessary. Last but not least, do not provide any particular details in various questionable online pages and rogue websites.

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