The Aviation Sector as a Strategic Target for Cyber Attacks
Airports form an attractive target to cyber attackers, as they are eco-systems that incorporate multiple advanced technological systems and services, including IoT devices, screens, carding stations and logistics in a single location.
This report examines the aviation sector as a strategic target for cyber attackers and covers the major cyber-attacks on airports worldwide in 2016-2018.
The following key findings of the report are based on analysis of state-sponsored attacks, cybercriminal activities and hacktivist groups:
- Airports are targeted by a variety of threat actors – nation-states, cybercriminals, hacktivists and cyber terrorists – each with different motivations.
- In state-sponsored attacks, airports could be the main target of the attack.
- In recent incidents, global Ransomware campaigns affected the operations of several large airports.
- Hacktivists see airports as high-potential targets, in order to spread their agenda and affect the public’s opinion.