US: 2,512 flights Grounded after FAA Computer Glitch. Federal Aviation Network Hit by Russian Hackers on 2020
White House at the moment states “No evidence of CyberAttack”.
But a Hacker site recalls the past breach in the Federal Aviation network
by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
Update 5 by FAA
Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the U.S. following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety info to flight crews.
The ground stop has been lifted. We continue to look into the cause of the initial problem
Update 5: Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the U.S. following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety info to flight crews. The ground stop has been lifted.
We continue to look into the cause of the initial problem
— The FAA ✈️ (@FAANews) January 11, 2023
«For the first time since the September 11th attacks, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has grounded all domestic flights Wednesday morning after suffering a nationwide technical outage» wrote Fox News.
The FAA said it had experienced a computer outage and so ordered airlines to pause all domestic departures until 9 a.m. Eastern Time (14:00 GMT) following the failure of the Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM).
“The FAA is working to restore its Notice to Air Missions System. We are performing final validation checks and reloading the system now. Operations across the National Airspace System are affected. We will provide frequent updates as we make progress,” the US FAA said.
About 2,512 flights within, into and out of the U.S. were delayed as of around 7:56 a.m. ET Wednesday morning, according to the online flight tracker FlightAware.
The White House said there was no evidence the outage was the result of a cyberattack, although President Joe Biden had instructed the Department of Transportation to do a “full investigation” of the causes.
On “Mornings with Maria,” FOX Business White House correspondent Edward Lawrence was in Mexico City, waiting to board a flight to Dallas that’s now delayed “indefinitely.”
“We talked to the pilot. We did get on the plane, and we were sitting in our seats and then ended up getting off the plane because, they, for security reasons, they wanted us in the airport,” Lawrence reported. ”
“In talking to the pilots,” he continued, “they said they’ve never seen this kind of ground stop with this kind of issue.”
The suspicious Huge Hacking
The mysterious outage grows the suspicion of an huge hacking inside the website Hacker News (yCombinator.com).
AYBABTME recall: «Are 2020s the years where the cold war is back as a lukewarm war, and also all of NA aviation needs to reconvene with its decrepit software? Next plot-twist, it was all ready to blow, but ultimately triggered by Russian/Chinese/North Korean hackers. Ok, taking off my tinfoil hat. Still, maybe I’m suffering of nostalgia bias but the last few years really make for a lot of prime source material for docudramas».
RagnarD reply: «No need for a tinfoil hat. Such systems are prime targets for states hostile to the U.S. If this one wasn’t before, it will be now.
heisenbit adds: «Forensic analysis will reveal that there were multiple hidden failures over the past years that were covered up by foreign hackers to ensure their backdoors were not revealed in an in-depth investigation».
Before nkcmr asked: «Why do all aviation IT systems feel like they are so fragile? It feels like not a single month can pass these days without some “Airline X has major outage and ruins tons of people’s days!” story on the news».
unionemployee blamed: «The NOTAM system is embarrassing. This just tops it off. Actually, our whole ATC system and the way the FAA operates is embarrassing. It all works kind of like waste management in NYC. If they were to add new tech and efficiency, fewer people would have jobs, so we keep doing it the old way to the detriment of everyone else».
yehosef then writes: «don’t forget about this beauty» adding the link of previous attack to FAA network on 2021».
In that time Biden president promised sanctions to Russia!
Now what kind of other sanctions can impose after the Ukrainian ongoing arming and funding for war?
SolarWinds hackers targeted NASA, Federal Aviation Administration networks
«Hackers are said to have broken into the networks of U.S. space agency NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration as part of a wider espionage campaign targeting U.S. government agencies and private companies» wrote TechCrunch website on February, 23, 2021.
The two agencies were named by the Washington Post on Tuesday, hours ahead of a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing tasked with investigating the widespread cyberattack, which the previous Trump administration said was “likely Russian in origin.”
A spokesperson for NASA did not dispute the report but declined to comment citing an “ongoing investigation.” A spokesperson for the FAA did not respond to a request for comment.
It’s believed NASA and the FAA are the two remaining unnamed agencies of the nine government agencies confirmed to have been breached by the attack. The other seven include the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice and State, the Treasury and the National Institutes of Health, though it’s not believed the attackers breached their classified networks.
FireEye, Microsoft and Malwarebytes were among a number of cybersecurity companies also breached as part of the attacks.
The Biden administration is reportedly preparing sanctions against Russia, in large part because of the hacking campaign, the Post also reported.
The attacks were discovered last year (2020 – ed) after FireEye raised the alarm about the hacking campaign after its own network was breached.
Each victim was a customer of the U.S. software firm SolarWinds, whose network management tools are used across the federal government and Fortune 500 companies. The hackers broke into SolarWinds’ network, planted a backdoor in its software and pushed the backdoor to customer networks with a tainted software update.