Bristol Airport systems offline in suspected ransomware attack

Another day, another cyber attack. This time it’s Bristol Airport.

It has been reported that a speculative ransomware attack on the airport resulted in its information screens being taken offline, and flight information being written on whiteboards, although no flights were delayed.

An airport spokesman said: “We believe there was an online attempt to target part of our administrative systems and that required us to take a number of applications offline as a precautionary measure, including the one that provides our data for flight information screens. That was done to contain the problem and avoid any further impact on more critical systems.”

The airport admitted to taking a “cautious approach” to rectify the problem, but that was to ensure that none of its safety or security systems were put at risk.

Ransomware is a type of malicious programme that demands payment after launching a cyber attack on a computer system. Bristol Airport maintains that no ransom was paid to get its systems working again. It is carrying out an investigation to find out what happened.

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