The hack happened in the afternoon and targeted the Polish flag carrier LOT. According to a report from Reuters “hackers attacked the airline ground computer systems used to issue flight plans”. The whole situation was resolved a few hours later. Nonetheless 10 national and international flights had to be canceled and even more were delayed. Luckily none of the planes or the airport itself were affected and no one got hurt. LOT took extra care to mention “that it has no influence on plane systems. Aircrafts, that are already airborne will continue their flights. Planes with flight plans already filed will return to Warsaw normally.”
The airline also made it clear that the airport itself was not affected. Once the ‘problem’ was fixed LOT issued the following press release. “The situation after the IT attack on our ground operation system is already under control. We are working on restoring the regularity as soon as possible. Our operating center is already preparing flight plans. We will try to ensure that the largest number of passengers are informed and continue commenced journeys.”
Spokesman Kubicki said that LOT is using state-of-the-art computer systems, so this could potentially be a threat to others in the industry as well.