Swissport world's largest airport ground service hit by ransomware attack
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Swissport world’s largest airport ground service hit by ransomware attack resulting in flight delays and disrupting operations. 

The company provides services for cargo handling, security, maintenance, cleaning, and lounge hospitality for 310 airports in 50 countries. The world’s largest airport ground service handles 282 million passengers and 4.8 million tons of cargo every year, which makes it a vital link in the global aviation travel industry chain. 

Swissport in a blog post said, “Swissport’s website was forced offline by the cyberattack and the company said some services had been affected for both passengers and freight.”

The company’s website returned an error at the time of writing, which indicates their IT team is still working on the issues resulting from the ransomware attack.

According to Swissport they detected the hack early enough on Thursday to contain potential damage to its IT systems. Around 22 flights were delayed yesterday, between three and 20 minutes at Zurich Airport, 

The airline company started the ground services could continue even without IT system support, though delays are inevitable in some cases. 

No ransomware group has taken responsibility for the attack and further details about the attacks are also not available at the moment. It is also not clear if the hackers have managed to compromise any data during the intrusion.

Earlier hackers launched an attack against Oiltanking, which disrupted fuel distribution across Germany.

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