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Cyber attack on maintenance system of airline

Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:17 pm ... lights-in/

Q400 maintenance system and backup targetted.
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Re: Cyber attack on maintenance system of airline

Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:34 pm

This is a real issue for all airlines. When the general public reads this they think the planes will fall out of the skies. That's not true. The systems on the airplanes have minimal contact with the ground systems that are corrupted. Each airplane is it's own island that may report condition to base as needed.

The real problem is the flights can not be dispatched. Once the AMT does his/her work it all gets entered into some mainframe system. Even if there are still paper logbooks, all of the info gets inputted before the flight can leave. All the tracking of next maintenance events is in these systems. All of the Tech manuals are accessed through these systems. Spare parts ordering and inventory is done through these systems.

An attack on one of these systems can bring an airline to a halt instantly. Many airlines also use the same off the shelf programs as their competitors. If there is a hack into one, the hole may exist into another airline as well.

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