Ransomware attack blacks out screens at Bristol Airport

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Bristol Airport has blamed a “speculative” cyber attack for causing flight information screens to fail for two days.

A spokesman said the displays were taken offline early on Friday as a precautionary measure to contain the attack, which has been described as similar to “ransomware”, with holidaymakers having to read departure times off whiteboards scattered around the airport.

The infection appears to have entered the airport systems on Friday morning (UK time), according to the Bristol Airport social network accounts. The airport authorities warned the passengers all over the weekend of the incident and asked them to arrive early and give additional time for the check-in process.

Throughout the weekend, airport officials resorted to the use of paper posters and white boards to announce the check-in and arrival information of flights passing through the airport between Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In statements to the local press over the weekend, airport officials mentioned that they did not intend to pay for the ransom requested by the attacker and opted to withdraw their systems while specialists in ethical hacking attended the affected computers.

Bristol authorities confirmed that no flight was affected by this incident. Most of the screens are now back online, including in areas such as departures and arrivals

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