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Corporate Espionage Strikes Air Industry?

February 12, 2019

Corporate espionage could be behind one of the latest cyber attacks against Airbus, a major player in the air travel industry. There is no confirmation as yet who was behind the recent data incident, but the speculation is a reminder: it’s not just indiscriminate hackers who could be a threat to your business.

Corporate Espionage Strikes Air Industry

Airbus Corporate Espionage?

The speculation of corporate espionage is arising partly because quite little is known about the Airbus incident. The company employs more than 10,000 people. And Airbus have said that the cyber incident involved unidentified persons accessing professional contact and IT identification details of some of those company employees.

Those identities could have been mined to try and access corporate secrets and documents. Or the identities could have been targeted in the hopes of building identity theft attacks outside the workplace network environment and in those employees’ personal lives.

Airbus said in a statement:

“This incident is being thoroughly investigated by Airbus’ experts who have taken immediate and appropriate actions to reinforce existing security measures and to mitigate its potential impact, as well as determining its origins.”

The company said commercial operation had not been affected in anyway and it had got in touch with the relevant GDPR authorities.

The corporate espionage threat

Whether this was corporate espionage or not is not something anyone but Airbus could say with certainty at this moment. The limited scope of the attack, and the fact that the company is the developer of valuable and advanced technology in the air travel industry gives food for thought – especially with the limited scope of the attack.

The fact is, corporate espionage is the kind of cyber security attack that doesn’t reach the press rooms as often. It can be a threat that is taking place in the background. When peoples’ private data hasn’t been affected, the news might never come out.

But it certainly is a factor. Organizations need good cyber security to keep the data and corporate secrets safe from indiscriminate hackers, but also potentially from underhanded and illegal competitor actions. It’s a competitive world out there, don’t let cyber security be what gives someone the edge over you.