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Ransomware attack hits Swissport International causing delays in flights

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Aryaman Susarla

February 4, 2022

Swissport International Ltd. is an aviation services company with its headquarters in Opfikon, Switzerland. It provides ground, cargo handling, and lounge services at airports. Annually, Swissport handles up to 280 million passengers and 4.8 million tonnes of cargo. It operates across 50 countries at over 300 locations and has a workforce of around 66,000 personnel. On the 4th of February, a part of Swissport’s IT infrastructure was hit with a ransomware attack. According to the company, the attack was largely contained after it took place as they worked on fully resolving the issue. The most essential systems and applications were not hit. However several servers were affected which disabled some systems temporarily. “Due to system problems at our airport partner Swissport, 22 flights were delayed by 3 to 20 minutes yesterday,” said a spokeswoman for Zurich airport. The Swissport website was not accessible until Friday afternoon (5th February). The company has not disclosed details about the attack, such as the ransomware family involved in the attack or whether the attack could have led to a possible data breach. This incident follows an attack on another European company Oiltanking earlier this week, which disrupted fuel distribution in Germany.

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