Ransomware Attacks On Transport & Logistics Centres

A malware attack on a Swiss airport could be part of a larger campaign on the European transport sector. 

Swissport, one of the largest airport services companies in the world, quickly notified customers on  Thursday 3rd February that its cargo services division was the target of a ransomware attack early in the morning. Swissport is responsible for most of the operations at the airport and over 20 flights were delayed at Zurich Airport as a result of the attack. 

The aviation company provides cargo handling, security, maintenance, cleaning, and lounge hospitality for 310 airports in 50 countries, manages 282 million passengers and 4.8 million tons of cargo every year.

In separate incidents, several other European transport & logistics hubs have suffered similar  ransomware attacks and suspicious cyber security incidents.

  • Multiple ports in Belgium and the Netherlands have reported issues after a cyber attack affecting their IT services. 
  • A cyber attack on two German oil suppliers forced energy company Shell to reroute oil supplies to other depots. The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said the BlackCat ransomware group was behind the incident, which affected 233 gas stations across Germany.

According to Swissport, part of its IT infrastructure “was subject to a ransomware attack. The attack has been largely contained and we are working actively to fully resolve the issue as quickly as possible.” The company did not give any more information on the type of ransomware used or whether the attackers had managed to steal any data.

Most critical systems and applications remained unaffected, but some systems were shut temporarily due to the impact on several servers. It is not yet clear whether this Swiss incident this was part of a wider, coordinated attack. 

Swissport:    Spiegel:      Freightwaves:     I-HLS:      ZDNet:      Security Week:    ITPro:      Security Magazine:  

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