Bristol Airport Hit by Ransomware, Officials Use Whiteboards to Announce Flights

The Bristol Airport in the UK has become a victim of a ransomware attack. As a result, the airport’s in-house TV screens needed to display arrival and departure flight information were affected and literally blacked out. The attack happened several days ago, on Friday morning, as visible by the airport’s social media accounts who were alerting passengers all weekend to arrive early and ensure more time for the check-in.

How did the Bristol Airport handle the situation?

It is indeed impossible for an airport to function properly without displaying arrival and departure schedules. So, to handle the outcomes of the ransomware infection, airport employees had to get creative. Apparently, they were using paper posters and whiteboards to announce all flight information, for nearly three days.

Passengers were also sharing photos of the situation via Twitter, with a pinch of sarcasm:

How do airport officials plan to act on the ransom demands? Shortly said, they are not willing to pay cybercriminals. Instead, they took down their systems while working on the compromised computers.

Fortunately, the ransomware attack had no effect on airport business and no flight delays have been reported. The airport was back to normal on Sunday morning, when it fully recovered its systems and the screens were also working properly.

The Bristol Airport also thanked passengers for the understanding and the patience in a tweet. “Digital screens are now live in arrivals and departures. Work will continue to restore complete site-wide coverage as soon as possible,” the airport tweeted. A photo of a fully recovered TV screen was also featured.

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