Norwich International Airport website hacked

In a YouTube video uploaded on Monday, a hacker calling himself His Royal Gingerness explained that he’d hacked Norwich International Airport’s website via a simple SQL injection attack – because he could.

According to His Royal Gingerness:

“while snooping around I found interesting things, like how to access the emergency broadcast system, how to lock the admins out of there systems, ip addresses, passwords and personal information for a variety of people including the site developers, various high level staff within the airport including its security department and it’s media centre which is where I got the email addresses I used to send this email as well as your passwords which you will see.”

But the airport’s general manager, Richard Pace, told the BBC that the “details accessed by the hacker were of people registered on the website’s media centre, and no commercial or operationally sensitive data was obtained”

His Royal Gingerness said he contacted the airport to tell them of the vulnerability and was told they’d fix it.

“After a month,” he said, “they sent a message back saying they’d made changes and it had been sorted. I went to check it and it was exactly the same.

“It took me between two to three minutes to do this. I do this mostly to see what vulnerability there are in modern systems.”

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