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Cyberattack on Cambodia Angkor Air: ‘Host Kill Crew Hackers’ Take Credit

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Jul 11, 2023
'Host Kill Crew Hackers' claim Air cyberattack

The gang revealed information about the strike, which was probably a distributed denial of service attempt to temporarily shut down internet services, on their leaked website.

The carrier’s website, which was temporarily down on May 9th, is fully open for business.

Digital Attack Against Angkor Air in Cambodia

The official website of Cambodia Angkor Air was allegedly taken offline on May 9th as a result of a cyberattack by the Host Kill Crew. The airline has seen an increase in both income and air travel, and in 2023 it expects to make close to $132.60 million. It’s possible that the hackers chose to target the airline in order to gain from its success. 

Since 2016, there has been an increase in cybersecurity breaches affecting the travel and tourist industry, particularly airlines. Such occurrences can affect firms financially and cause operational problems. Airlines must thus prioritize cybersecurity in the same way that they do with safety and security procedures.

Most Recent Cyber Attack is on Angkor Air

Due to numerous weak access points, such as broken airport Wi-Fi and unprotected third-party booking websites, the airline industry is a top target for cyber attacks. A LockBit ransomware attack that targeted Nok Air, a Thai airline, resulted in the airline’s computers being encrypted and a ransom demand being made in March. 

Highly sensitive data like passport scans, employment details, and financial paperwork were among the material that was released. Similar to this, the LockBit gang also assaulted Air Albania in January.

The attackers that ransacked Air Albania sought a ransom, but it’s not known if they got it. Major airlines’ in-flight Wi-Fi services were discovered to have a serious flaw that might let hackers access passenger personal information and interfere with avionics equipment. 

Due to a system administrator’s inability to establish the cloud environment, Pegasus Airlines had 6.5TB of critical data taken. In order to prevent cyberattacks and the exposure of sensitive data to criminals, a paper cautions of insider dangers posed by privileged users and the need to exercise caution when using public Wi-Fi at airports without adequate security measures.