December 24, 2019

Airline Cyber Attack Attacks: Cancel Flights in Alaska

On Saturday, at the height of holiday travel, RavnAir cancelled at least half a dozen flights in Alaska, after what the business identified as “a disruptive cyber attack” on its computer network.

According to company spokeswoman Debbie Reinwand, the cancellations involved around 260 travelers.

The regional carrier suspended all flights involving its Dash 8 aircraft before midday “because the cyber attack caused us to isolate and back up our Dash 8 repair program,” the business said in a written statement.

Over 100 communities in Alaska are served by the carrier, many of which are not accessible by route.

The company is working to repair networks with the FBI, other agencies, and a cyber security firm.

RavnAir Alaska later announced that on its Dash-8 flights it would fly a regular afternoon schedule.

“We will be trying to add flights where we can over the next two days,” the company said in a statement released at 1 p.m. “We have, where possible, re-booked passengers on other flights.”

PenAir and RavnAir Link flights on back-up networks were still operating normally, Reinwand said.

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