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SpiceJet faces ransomware attack, flights delayed for hours

The airline responded by switching out its servers.

SpiceJet said its systems faced an "attempted ransomware attack" late on the night of May 24, delaying flights and leaving many stranded at airports, according to a BBC report. Several flights were also delayed and cancelled on May 25 morning, with passengers complaining about the lack of service. [embed]https://twitter.com/flyspicejet/status/1529394577127645188[/embed] The airline has now shifted to a new server and delinked the old one so that flight operations could become normal, as per The Telegraph. Despite the new server, passengers said that services were very slow to resume. Why it matters: Airline servers store all kinds of personal data of their passengers, including names, bank and card details, phone numbers, emails, and even health information. Besides that, they also contain the company's internal data, including financial data and the personal information of airlines personnel. As such, a server like this is a tempting target for cyber criminals. Indian airlines haven't been targeted very often but a previous hack of the international airline data processor SITA had revealed the potential dangers of such an attack. What passengers had to say: The passengers stuck at the airports took to Twitter to express their frustration as the ground staff informed them that their flights were halted as “the server is down”. Mudit Shejwar, a Bhopal-based politician who had earlier flagged the delay of his flight to Dharamshala, tweeted in response to SpiceJet’s clarification that he and others had been sitting inside the plane without any food for nearly four hours. [embed]https://twitter.com/mudit_shejwar/status/1529312939152355328[/embed] Meanwhile, others pointed out that operations…

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