SpiceJet Suffers Ransomware Attack
The Attack Resulted in Delayed Departures of the Flights Scheduled for Wednesday Morning.
SpiceJet is a low-cost airline that operates out of Gurgaon, which is located in the state of Haryana. As of March 2019, it has a market share of 13.6 percent, making it the nation’s second-biggest airline in terms of the number of passengers transported inside the country.
As reported by BusinessToday.In, the low-cost airline SpiceJet’s computer systems were targeted by ransomware yesterday night, which resulted in delayed departures of flights scheduled for Wednesday morning.
The company said that the problem had been fixed and that flights were running properly once more, as SpiceJet said in a tweet that ” “Certain SpiceJet systems faced an attempted ransomware attack last night that impacted and slowed down morning flight departures today. Our IT team has contained and rectified the situation and flights are operating normally now.”
#ImportantUpdate: Certain SpiceJet systems faced an attempted ransomware attack last night that impacted and slowed down morning flight departures today. Our IT team has contained and rectified the situation and flights are operating normally now.
— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) May 25, 2022
Ajay Singh, the CEO of SpiceJet, said in an email to his staff that on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the airline, they are working toward the launch of broadband internet service onboard the aircraft.
According to the email sent by Singh, which was obtained by the PTI news agency, he said that:
We will continue to add new products and new routes to our network this year. SpiceClub, our wonderful loyalty programme launched our co-branded credit card recently and we hope to start a broadband internet service onboard our aircraft soon.
It’s becoming clear that cybercriminals have found ways to make malware more flexible, strong, and dangerous than ever before. Companies should take action and improve their cyber defenses in order to not become victims of these malicious attacks.
SpiceJet operates a total of 91 planes, of which 13 are Boeing 737-max jets and 46 are more mature variants of the Boeing 737.
The airline was originally founded in 1994 as an air taxi service known as ModiLuft. In 2004, an Indian businessman by the name of Ajay Singh purchased the firm and changed its name to SpiceJet.
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