Hackers stole data on Airbus employees in a cyber attack on systems of the French aircraft maker, according to a company press release.
Airbus said it detected a cyber incident on its “Commercial Aircraft business” information systems, “which resulted in unauthorised access to data.” The company’s commercial operations were not affected.
“This incident is being thoroughly investigated by Airbus’ experts who have taken immediate and appropriate actions to reinforce existing security measures and to mitigate its potential impact, as well as determining its origins,” reads the notice.
Airbus is now trying to figure out whether specific data was targeted, which would help build a profile of the attacker (i.e. a competitor or a state-sponsored hacker looking to steal engineering blueprints).
“However we do know some personal data was accessed. This is mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe,” Airbus confirmed.
Airbus, which designs and manufactures aircraft ranging from commercial airliners to combat planes and helicopters, employs a massive workforce of around 129,000.
As per the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation requirements, the company has immediately contacted the relevant regulatory authorities to provide a formal notice of the breach.
“Airbus employees are being advised to take all necessary precautions,” Airbus concluded.
Last year, the WannaCry ransomware infected “a small number of systems” at Boeing, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial airplanes.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from HOTforSecurity authored by Filip Truta. Read the original post at: https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/hackers-breach-airbus-steal-employee-information-20803.html