A hack is bad enough when it’s a one-off grab for your money and data, but when it’s potentially part of a coordinated longer game then that’s next-level scary. United Airlines has been hacked, and the authorities suspect it may be linked to several other recent hacks on medical and financial records; but even if this has absolutely nothing to do with you, don’t think you’re safe – there are still some important security lessons that can be learnt!
The manifests of United Airlines flights have been nicked, which includes origins and destinations of flights, giving attackers data on the movements of millions of Americans.
They reckon that the end game could be to find the movements of government and military officials, and have speculated about the combination of all of this information being used to blackmail defence and intelligence officials.
United Airlines launched a ‘bug bounty’ programme rewarding people who found bugs in their system for them in May, and offered ethical hackers millions in air miles as little as two weeks ago.
The details of the techniques used in the hacks haven’t been released yet, but initial reports suggest that the attackers were in the system for months, which is another reason to do regular security audits,whether you’re a huge international airline or a one-man business working from your bedroom.
This includes penetration testing, firewall reviews, active and passive network and file monitoring, group policy reviews and preeeetty much anything else you can think of. If you don’t have the skills to do these things yourself, consider getting in a security expert or outsourcing to a trusted third party!
If you’re interested in keeping your data safe, take a look at our security solutions or give us a call on 0208 045 4945!