The Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has implemented a special cyber defence centre at Ben Gurion International Airport, following an increase in cyber attacks on IT systems at the Tel Aviv hub.
Speaking to Jane’s on condition of anonymity, a senior official at the airport said that about three million cyber attacks a day are detected by the centre. Some are general spam messages that are sent to many other computer systems around the world, but about 200 attacks per day are aimed directly at critical operational subsystems such as baggage handling, runway lighting, and air traffic control communication systems.
The source added that these subsystems are isolated, and if one computer has been infected it is immediately disconnected from the broader system.
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