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Airport services company Swissport reports ransomware incident

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Swiss Airport Management Service Swissport reported a ransomware attack affecting its computer systems on Friday. The company said its IT infrastructure was targeted by the ransomware attack.

The group behind the attack has not been named.

“The attack has been largely contained and we are actively working to fully resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Swissport regrets any impact the incident has had on our service delivery,” Swissport said.

A spokesperson for the National Center for Cybersecurity in Switzerland said ZDNet that they are in contact with Swissport but could not provide more information. The company’s website is currently unavailable.

Based in Opfikon, Switzerland, the company manages airport ground handling and cargo services.

Der Spiegel reported that 22 flights were delayed by around 20 minutes due to the attack. The company told the newspaper there would be delays but would continue to provide ground services at Zurich Airport and 306 other locations.

The attack caps a week of ransomware attacks and cybersecurity incidents affecting European oil and transport services. A cyberattack on two German oil suppliers has forced energy giant Shell to reroute oil supplies to other depots. Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) said ransomware group BlackCat was behind the incident, which affected 233 gas stations across Germany.

On Thursday, several ports in Belgium and the Netherlands reported problems after a cyber attack affected IT services. The terminals operated by SEA-Tank, Oiltanking and Evos in Antwerp, Ghent, Amsterdam and Terneuzen are all facing problems with their operational systems. In a statement to ZDNetOiltanking said it had “declared force majeure” due to the attacks.

A spokesperson for Evos said ZDNet that they continue to operate their terminals but are experiencing delays after the attack disrupted IT services at terminals in Terneuzen, Ghent and Malta. The Antwerp public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the cyberattacks.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, a billion-dollar German logistics company, was also hit by ransomware in December.

The Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security said ZDNet that the media linking the attacks in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany was incorrect.

“Based on the information, the NCSC has found the following: To the best of our knowledge, this does not appear to be a coordinated attack. The attacks were likely carried out with criminal intent for gain. financial,” said NCSC spokeswoman Miral Scheffer. .

“The NCSC will be monitoring the situation closely and taking action if necessary.”