News and Updates on Information Technology

Switzerland – SITA Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Exploit: Hacking
SITA: Aviation IT

Risk to Small Business: 1.116 = Extreme

Aviation IT giant SITA has announced that it has experienced a hacking-related security breach that impacts airlines in the Star Alliance and the One World alliance. Those airlines include Singapore Airlines, Air New Zealand, British Airways, American Airlines, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Finnair, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, SAS, Cathay Pacific, and South Korean airline Juju Air. Customers were unable to access many functions within carriers’ online platforms including frequent flyer and ticketing information.

Individual Risk: The investigation is ongoing, but there is an expectation that cybercriminals may have been able to access some basic PII through various airlines’ accounts. No real detail is available.

Customers Impacted: Over 2 million

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Third-party incidents are unfortunate. They’re also a reality of the modern business world. Taking precautions on your side of the relationship by adding security measures like multifactor authentication (MFA) to blunt the impact of relationship risk.