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Hackers Force Polish Airline to Cancel Flights

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | June 21, 2015

Hackers Force Polish Airline to Cancel Flights

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About 10 foreign and domestic flights out of Warsaw, Poland’s Frederic Chopin Airport Sunday were canceled after computer systems were affected by hackers, according to the Associated Press.

LOT Polish Airline spokesman Adrian Kubicki told the AP the cyber attack “temporarily paralyzed” the airline’s computers at the airport that processed passengers for flights.

He said about 1,400 passengers, slated to fly to Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Copenhagen and around Poland, were held up by the cancellations.

The problem was solved and flights scheduled to depart later Sunday could leave as planned. And Kubicki told the AP that a commission will investigate the source of the cyber attack.

In a post made today amidst the crisis on LOT’s Facebook page, the airline made it a point to say the issues had nothing to do with the planes themselves, and added that the hacking prevented computers from creating flight plans. They said, “We’d like to underline, that (the attack had) 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.” 

An hour later, the problem seems to have been solved, and the airline posted to Facebook, “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.”

Meanwhile, Chopin Airport Tweeted that travelers should contact the airline for details regarding canceled flights.

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