Hacker attack hits airport service provider Swissport

ZURICH, February 4 (Reuters)Airport ground services and air cargo operator Swissport has been hit by a ransomware attack that disrupted some operations, it said on Friday.

On Thursday, 22 flights were delayed for up to 20 minutes at Zurich airport FHZN.Sa spokesperson said, adding that the group could not yet provide figures on the impact of the flights on Friday.

The attack began early Thursday and affected a limited part of Swissport’s IT infrastructure, it said in a statement, adding that security teams detected the attack quickly so that the impact was ” largely attenuated.

Most critical systems and applications were unaffected, but several servers were affected, which temporarily took some systems out of service.

“The attack has been contained and measures are in place to prevent its spread. We are now in the process of restoring the affected systems and mitigating the impact on our operations,” he said.

(Reporting by Michael Shields Editing by David Goodman)

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