AFP revealed that several cyber attacks have been conducted against Airbus subcontractors in the last 12 months.
A priori, the goal of the hackers was to access commercial documents on devices of the aircraft manufacturer.
Subcontractors as a gateway to the Airbus network
Citing “security sources”, Agence France-Presse claims that four large-scale cyberattacks have targeted sub-contractors of the aircraft manufacturer Airbus over the last 12 months.
If no subcontractor has yet confirmed or denied this information, it seems that the companies concerned are the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, the French technology consulting company Expleo, and two other subcontractors based in France.
According to the information available at this time, the hackers would have used the computer networks of the subcontractors to be able to penetrate well quietly in the network of Airbus.
Thus, they would have had access to many confidential documents, which seemed to be their objective.
A cyberespionage made in China?
While it is still too early to say for sure who is behind the cyber attacks on the various Airbus subcontractors, there is every reason to believe that they could be hackers in Beijing.
Yes, according to the investigations in progress, it is the “commercial aviation” branch of the manufacturer that interested the hackers, the latter having in particular consulted documents of certification relating to the A350, the last long-haul Airbus to be arrived on the market.
The nature of the documents consulted indicates in any case that it could be a cyber espionage operation, a discipline in which China has been excelling for some time.
What’s more, the Chinese aircraft manufacturer Comac is currently trying to certify the C919, its first long-haul aircraft.
Mere coincidence, or planned attack?
No doubt the survey will shed light on these cyberattacks and therefore on their leaders!
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