Airbus Hit by Series of Cyber Attacks on Suppliers: Security Sources
The European multinational aerospace corporation Airbus has been hit by a series of attacks, hackers targeted its suppliers to steal Intellectual property.
The European aerospace giant Airbus has been hit by a series of supply chain attacks, threat actors hit its suppliers in the attempt to steal secret technical documents.
The news was reported by security sources to the AFP agency, the experts suspected that the attacks were carried out by China-linked hackers.
The experts reported that Airbus suppliers were hit by at least four major attack in the last 12 months.
“There have been four major attacks on Airbus in the last 12 months, according to two security sources involved in investigating the hacking.” reads thereport.
“The group has long been considered a tempting target because of the cutting-edge technologies that have made it one of the world’s biggest commercial plane manufacturers, as well as a strategic military supplier.”
Early 2019, the European airplane manufacturer Airbus announced to have suffered a data breach, hackers broke into the company “Commercial Aircraft business” information systems and gained access to some of its employees’ personal information.
According to the AFP, people with knowledge of the attacks speculate that the intrusions are part of a bigger operation carried out over the last year.
Threat actors targeted British engine-maker Rolls-Royce and the French technology consultancy and supplier Expleo. The AFP also reported that at least other two French Airbus contractors were hit by cyber attacks.
Supply chain attacks are very dangerous, hackers often attempt to hit their targets by compromising the systems of their suppliers.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.