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Bristol Airport Ransomware Shows Need for Better Digital Infrastructure in Transportation

 

This past weekend, a ransomware attack hit the U.K.'s Bristol Airport, increasing the stress and inconvenience of travelers trying to reach their destinations, forcing front-line staff to resort to manual, pen-and-paper systems while the airport’s IT team labored to contain the attack.

An undisclosed ransomware strain hit Friday morning and took systems down through Saturday and into Sunday. While the cyberattack on Bristol targeted its administrative systems, the airport opted to take several vulnerable systems offline as a precautionary measure – including public-facing flight arrival and departure information monitors. As a result, airline staff had to update passengers via whiteboards and frequent public address announcements.

The attack illustrates how the transportation industry and municipalities need to increasingly consider the risks of cyberattacks as connected vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and other technologies become integral to our transportation infrastructure.

Ransomware Trends 2018

Ransomware continues to threaten anyone using a Windows, macOS, or Android device, and individuals and business owners alike are paying ransoms because they don’t adequately protect their systems.

While anti-ransomware solutions are available for devices like laptops, PCs and mobile phones, other Internet of Things (IoT) devices remain at risk. Our 2018 Ransomware Forecast looks at what threats we may soon face.