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Cyberattack Grounds Planes In Poland 40

itwbennett writes: While the alleged hacking of in-flight systems has been much discussed recently, "there are many more areas of vulnerability to address in the aviation industry," says Tim Erlin of security firm Tripwire. "Like most industries today, aviation relies on a wide variety of interconnected systems, from air traffic control to reservations systems." Case in point: LOT Polish Airlines was forced to cancel 10 flights scheduled to depart from Warsaw's Chopin airport on Sunday after hackers attacked its ground computer systems.
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Cyberattack Grounds Planes In Poland

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22, 2015 @12:33PM (#49962805)

    No more general purpose computers for the public! Appliances are enough for the ordinary citizens. We also need a programmers' register so that anyone developing software may be audited at any moment. Possession of programming tools without authorization must be punished with a 10 years sentence at a minimum. No debate.

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Monday June 22, 2015 @12:36PM (#49962821)

    >> Cyberattack Grounds Planes In Poland

    I'm old enough to have skimmed that as: "Cyberattack Grounds Poland's Plane"

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Stop with the overhype, it grounded *some* planes when you were clearing trying to insinuate the whole of Poland was unable to fly. This site loses so much credibility when the editors can't be professional and prefer a few extra clicks..

  • Poland (Score:5, Insightful)

    by zlives ( 2009072 ) on Monday June 22, 2015 @12:45PM (#49962897)

    probably should declare war on terrorism or just fire the guy who tripped over the switch's power cord, causing network loss... yes this statement has the same veracity without details.

    • by candl ( 68944 )

      I'm with you. I'm not saying they weren't hacked. I'm just saying it's a lot easier to say you were hacked from an unknown source than it is to admit you allowed someone to monkey with the live reservation system.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The attack probably came from Russia, because Poland is the only one who stands up for the Ukraine's freedom and points out how the Budapest Memorandum was ravaged by the Man-Bear-Putin, aided and abetted by Free World cowardice.

    The polish are arming themselves to teeth, because they know Russia and Germany would be happy to partition Poland's lands. The russians are not even trying to hide this intent, while the germans are more discreet about their desire to mend the Odera-Neisse border. Those two barbari

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      >> The polish are arming themselves to teeth

      Q: How do you stop a Polish army on horseback?
      A: Turn off the carousel.

      • I understand that one of the problems with landing the planes manually was that the Polish pilots kept coming to the end of the runway before they could land. One exclaimed, "Why do they make these damned runways 50 times wider than they are long?"

        • by KGIII ( 973947 )

          Hey, it is not racism if it is said in jest or if the parties are white...

          Actually, see the history of the Polish fighting on behalf of the UK with the RAF during WWII. But, I digress...

          Sorry, I know of no (in)appropriate Polish jokes to tell. Something something submarines. Something something seagulls over Poland something... Pretty funny, eh?

          • Hey, it is not racism if it is said in jest or if the parties are white...

            I agree.

            The sociological definition of racism requires "culturally sanctioned beliefs, which, regardless of intentions involved, defend the advantages whites have because of the subordinated position of racial minorities".

            Sorry, I know of no (in)appropriate Polish jokes to tell. Something something submarines. Something something seagulls over Poland something... Pretty funny, eh?

            Could be better, but don't stop trying.

            • by KGIII ( 973947 )

              Now you have me wondering what the real sociological definition is. I still do not have any good jokes to share.

  • by Ravaldy ( 2621787 ) on Monday June 22, 2015 @02:12PM (#49963675)

    In my experience the following is the order of priority:
    - Cost
    - Delivery Date
    - Security.

    Security isn't a concern until it is.

  • They were stuck up there all day!

  • by Moskit ( 32486 ) on Monday June 22, 2015 @05:21PM (#49965155)

    Based on rumours so far it seems that:
    - the attack was not infiltration but DDoS,
    - it prevented transmitting flight plans to European authorities,
    - without submitting flight plan it is not allowed to take off on formal basis. Nothing technical.

    Still unclear on which part of the system got knocked out, as we would suppose some good dedicated link for submitting of flight plan information from airline.

  • first attack of its kind” “We’re using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry” ref [rt.com]

    "United Airlines Flights Grounded Over Flight Plan Hacking [thedailysheeple.com]"
  • Ban this Open Source/Apple Malware now and only use the industry standard :)

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