MIAMI – A cyberattack on SITA (Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques) took place on February 24 and was made public eight days later.
SITA Servers under Attack
According to the press release issued by the SITA Press Service, the servers under attack were those of the SITA Passenger Server System (PSS) Inc., (US) based in Atlanta (GA).
From the information published by the Cyber Security World Conference, it appears that the breach concerned a large number of airline’s customers of several carriers including Air New Zealand (NZ), Jeju Air (7C), Singapore Airlines (SQ), SAS (SK), Finnair (AY), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Lufthansa (LH), and Cathay Pacific Airways (CX).
SITA has confirmed that immediate containment action has been taken and the matter investigated by the internal Security Incident Response Team with the help of leading external cybersecurity experts. The attack was defined as highly sophisticated.
The company is an industry-owned firm that provide IT services to airports, border authorities, and serves approximately 400 airlines.
Featured image: Global Connections – Photo : SITA Press Center