March 15, 2024
Overview of cyber incidents at airports, airlines, ground services, aviation authorities, air forces and others in the industry in 2023.

Cyber incident overview

Major cyber attacks on the aviation industry 2023
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Which companies were affected by a cyber attack?

#DateCountryCityStateCompanyTypeStichworte
1January 6, 2023FranceParisFrequent flyer programÎle-de-France, Transportation,Aviation,Airline,Flying Blue (Air France, KLM)
2January 2023USANorth Olmsted OHOHAirlineOhio, Cuyahoga County, Transportation,Airline,Aviation,CommuteAir
3January 26, 2023GermanyBerlinBEAir ForceSocia media account takeoverArmed Forces, Military,Administration, Authority, Government, Public sector,Aviation,Bundeswehr / Luftwaffe
4January 28, 2023NepalKathmanduAirportDDoS attackTransportation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Aviation,Tribhuvan International Airport / त्रिभुवन अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय विमानस्थल
5February 7, 2023GermanyFrankfurt/MainHEService companyHesse, Aviation,Transportation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,WISAG
6February 14, 2023SwedenSolnaAirlineStockholms län, Transportation,Airline,Travel, Tourism,Aviation,SAS,Stockholms lAn
7February 2023United KingdomBelfastConstruction companyNorthern Ireland, UK, Construction,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Aviation,Lagan Specialist Contracting Group (SCG)
8February 16, 2023GermanyAirportsDDoS attackTransportation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Aviation
9February 22, 2023DenmarkCopenhagenAirportAviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Københavns Lufthavn / Copenhagen Airport
10February 2023KenyaNairobiAirport AuthorityTransportation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Aviation,Kenya Airports Authority
11March 17, 2023BangladeshDhaka / ঢাকাAirlineAirline,Aviation,Transportation,Biman Bangladesh Airlines / বিমান বাংলাদেশ
12March 22, 2023ItalyBolognaAirportDDoS attackEmilia-Romagna, Italia,Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Transportation,Aeroporto di Bologna
13March 25, 2023GermanyCheck-in machinesAviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield
14March 2023BelgiumBrusselsAerospace companyRégion de Bruxelles-Capitale, Aerospace, Aviation, Defence, Defense,Aviation,Armed Forces, Military,SABCA
15April 2, 2023DenmarkOdenseAirportAviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Hans Christian Andersen Airport, Odense Lufthavn
16April 8, 2023IndiaKochi / കൊച്ചിAirportKerala / കേരളം, Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL)
17April 19, 2023BelgiumBrusselsAir traffic managementRégion de Bruxelles-Capitale, Aviation,Transportation,Eurocontrol
18May 4, 2023USAVirginia Beach VAVAService providerVirginia, Aviation,Logistics,Andromeda Systems
19May 17, 2023IcelandReykjavíkAirport operatorAerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Transportation,Aviation,Isavia
20May 31, 2023IrelandDublinAirlineTransportation,Aviation,Airline,Aer Lingus
21May 31, 2023TurkeyAerospaceAviation,?
22May 31, 2023United KingdomLondonAirlineUK, Transportation,Aviation,Airline,United Kingdom,British Airways
23May 31, 2023USAAirlineTransportation,Aviation,Airline,?
24May 31, 2023USALas Vegas NVNVAirlineNevada, Clark County, Transportation,Aviation,Airline,Allegiant Air
25June 2023SwitzerlandGeneva GEGEBusiness jetsCanton of Geneva, Genève, Geneva, Airline,Aviation,Transportation,TAG Aviation
26July 2, 2023FranceMontpellierAirportOccitanie, Département Hérault, Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Transportation
27July 18, 2023United KingdomLondonAirportUK, Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,United Kingdom,Transportation,London City Airport
28August 6, 2023SenegalCivil Aviation and Meteorology AuthorityAviation,Administration, Authority, Government, Public sector,Agence Nationale de l'Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM)
29August 27, 2023NetherlandsEeldeAirportDrenthe, Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Transportation,Groningen Airport Eelde
30September 2023 ?CanadaMontreal QCQCAirlineQuébec, Transportation,Aviation,Airline,Air Canada
31September 28, 2023RussiaFlight booking systemTransportation,Aviation,Leonardo
322023SpainLlucmajorAirlineIslas Baleares, Transportation,Aviation,Airline
33October 24, 2023Czech RepublicPragueAirportAviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Prague Airport
34October 2023USAArlington VAVAAircraft manufacturerVirginia, Arlington County, Aviation,Transportation,Boeing
35October 30, 2023MexicoSantiago de QuerétaroAirportQuerétaro, Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Aeropuerto Internacional de Querétaro (AIQ)
36October 30, 2023United KingdomManchesterAirportEngland, UK, Lancashire, United Kingdom,Transportation,Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Manchester Airport
37October 30, 2023USAFort Worth TXTXLabor unionTexas, Tarrant County and others, Airline,Aviation,Transportation,Allied Pilots Association (APA)
38November 14, 2023USALong Beach CACAAirport websiteCalifornia, Los Angeles County, Aviation,Aerodrome, Airport, Airfield,Long Beach Airport
39December 30, 2023KenyaNairobiAirlineTransportation,Aviation,Airline,Kenya Airways

Hacker attacks statistics

By month

Major cyber attacks on the aviation industry 2023 by month
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By country

Major cyber attacks on the aviation industry 2023 by country
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Notes

  • The statistics are based on the known incidents listed here.
  • Since only some of the cases become known, the evaluations are not representative.
  • Industries where incidents are immediately visible due to public access (e.g. healthcare) are more represented than others.
  • An incident may be assigned to multiple countries or industries. Also, a country cannot always be assigned. So the totals shown on the charts may be different.
  • The graphics may be reused according to the license Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 / CC BY 4.0 (attribution: KonBriefing Research).

Details, examples and sources

Flag NepalJanuary 28, 2023
DDoS attacks on an airport in Kathmandu, handling affected
Tribhuvan International Airport / त्रिभुवन अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय विमानस्थल - Kathmandu, Nepal
https://www.nepalitimes.com/latest/open-...
Methods: DDoS attack
Flag BangladeshMarch 17, 2023
Cyber attack on the email server of an airline in Bangladesh
Biman Bangladesh Airlines / বিমান বাংলাদেশ - Dhaka / ঢাকা, Bangladesh
https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/...
Flag BelgiumMarch 2023
Cyber attack on a aerospace company in Belgium
SABCA - Brussels, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
https://www.rtbf.be/article/la-sabca-vic...
Flag IndiaApril 8, 2023
DDoS attack on the website of an airport in India
Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) - Kochi / കൊച്ചി, Kerala / കേരളം, India
https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/...
Flag USAMay 4, 2023
Malware at a service provider in Virginia, USA
Andromeda Systems - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
https://apps.web.maine.gov/online/aeview...
Flag IcelandMay 17, 2023
DDoS attack on the website of the Icelandic airport operator
Isavia - Reykjavík, Iceland
https://www.mbl.is/frettir/innlent/2023/...
Flag TurkeyMay 31, 2023
Aerospace company from Turkey affected by cyber attack?
? - Turkey
Vulnerabilities: Progress Software MOVEit Transfer
Flag USAMay 31, 2023
U.S. airline affected by cyber attack?
? - USA
Vulnerabilities: Progress Software MOVEit Transfer
Flag USAMay 31, 2023
U.S. airline affected by cyber attack
Allegiant Air - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Clark County)
https://apps.web.maine.gov/online/aeview...
Vulnerabilities: Progress Software MOVEit Transfer
Flag CanadaSeptember 2023 ?
Unauthorized access at an airline in Canada
Air Canada - Montreal, Québec, Canada
https://media.aircanada.com/Air-Canada-C...
Flag Czech RepublicOctober 24, 2023
DDoS attack on the website of an airport in the Czech Republic
Prague Airport - Prague, Czech Republic

Overviews

How many companies and organizations were affected by cyberattacks?

KonBriefing Research had counted 39 successful cyberattacks on companies and organizations for 2023.

When did cyber attacks take place?

For 2023, KonBriefing Research counted the following successful cyberattacks on companies and organizations: January (4)  •  February (6)  •  March (4)  •  April (3)  •  May (7)  •  June (1)  •  July (2)  •  August (2)  •  September (2)  •  October (6)  •  November (1)  •  December (1)

Which industries were affected by cyberattacks?

For 2023, KonBriefing Research found successful cyberattacks on companies and organizations of the following industries: Aviation (39)  •  Transportation (26)  •  Aiport (18)  •  Airline (13)  •  Service provider (2)  •  Public sector (2)  •  Military (2)  •  Travel (1)  •  Logistics (1)  •  Construction (1)  •  Aerospace & Defense (1) (Multiple assignments possible).

About KonBriefing Research

KonBriefing Research is an independent researcher and analyst in the field of IT security, information security, risk management and compliance. The company was founded in 2019 and is based in Germany.

About the author

Bert Kondruss
Author:
Bert Kondruss
Founder and managing director of KonBriefing Research

Cyber attacks worldwide

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