Polish airliner, LOT, was the victim of a hacking attack yesterday, forcing it to ground as much 1,400 passengers at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, as reported by Reuters. According to their press statement, LOT Airlines initially attributed the hack to an IT systems failure and decided to cancel as much as 20 flights as a result.
Later on, LOT stated that it had encountered an IT attack, which resulted in the crippling of their ground operations. Moreover, this meant the airline was not able to create any flight plans. Meanwhile, flights leaving Warsaw were also not able to depart. However, LOT was quick to emphasize that the situation had no effect on flights that were already airborne. In addition, the same can also be said for passengers of planes returning to Warsaw who have already filed their flight plans.
Outbound destinations affected by the said IT attack included Brussels, Hamburg, Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk, Munich, Copenhagen and Düsseldorf. In addition, the airline also had to cancel some flights coming in to Warsaw from the said destinations due to the attack. Meanwhile, the airport itself was said to be unaffected by the said attack.
Nonetheless, LOT says that they are already in control of their ground operations system and are already working to restore normal operations as soon as possible. LOT prides itself in being a modern airline working to connect New Europe to the rest of the world.
Servicing as much as 5 million passengers a year, LOT reports to have more than 200 flights daily. The airline currently travels to more than 40 destinations worldwide. In addition, it also currently offers long-haul flights to Chicago, New York, Toronto and Beijing with its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Recently, LOT has announced that it will soon launch a direct 10-hour flight to Tokyo.
In 2014, LOT announced it generated a profit of PLN 99 million (about 26 million US dollars), exceeding its target by about 40%. And according to its press statement, LOT is currently making money on its flight operations for the first time in seven years. It hopes to continue its path towards rapid growth all the way to 2016.