The Aviation Sector as a Strategic Target for Cyber Attacks

VERINT Industry Threat Intelligence Report

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.

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