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Chopin Airport Hack: No Flight Plans Mean No Takeoffs for LOT

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 07:44 AM

Computer hackers made a digital attack on Warsaw's Chopin Airport on Sunday, infiltrating ground computers and keeping about 1,400 passengers of LOT Polish Airways from their destinations.

Hackers got into airport computers that distribute flight plans, preventing LOT passenger flights from leaving Warsaw and essentially grounding the planes, noted CNN.

 


"Today … LOT encountered IT attack, that affected our ground operation systems," said a LOT statement. "As a result we're not able to create flight plans and outbound flights from Warsaw are not able to depart. We'd like to underline that it has no influence on plane systems. Aircraft that are already airborne will continue their flights. Planes with flight plans already filed will return to Warsaw normally."

The airliner later said it was back in control of its computer system.

"The situation after the IT attack on our ground operation system is already under control," read a second LOT statement. "We are working on restoring the regularity as soon as possible. Our operating center is already preparing flight plans. We will try to ensure that the largest number of passengers are informed and continue commenced journeys."

LOT, which is Poland's national flag carrier, canceled 20 flights and while several others were delayed Sunday, said CNN.

LOT spokesman Adrian Kubicki told Reuters that the safety of ongoing flights was not compromised and airplanes approaching Warsaw were not affected.

"We're using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry," said Kubicki.

LOT chief executive Sebastian Mikosz told a news conference that the potential of hackers getting into airline computer systems deserves more attention and could create more problems.

"This is an industry problem on a much wider scale, and for sure we have to give it more attention," said Mikosz. "I expect it can happen to anyone anytime."

The Federal Aviation Administration requires all airplanes to file flight plans before departing. Domestic plans are used to track the flights and identification purposes, noted CNN. Air traffic controllers also use the flight plans to ensure the airplanes are on safe paths.

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