Airbus has been targeted by hackers for months, suspecting Chinese spies



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Airbus has been targeted by hackers for months, suspecting Chinese spies



A series of cyber-attacks on Airbus in the last few months have been driven by its suppliers' computer system, with security sources suspicious of China, AFP reported today.

China has repeatedly denied involvement in the hacking, and neither the Ministry of Foreign Affairs nor China's official cyber regulator has commented on the report.



An Airbus spokesman said the company was aware of cyber events and that it was targeted at “malicious acts” like any major participant in the high-tech industry.

Chinese hackers charged last year

He added that Airbus was constantly monitoring these threats through its detection system and could take immediate and appropriate safeguards at any time.

Last year, US prosecutors accused Chinese intelligence and hackers of stealing information about a jet engine from an unnamed private company, allegedly General Electric-Safran, a major supplier of Airbus and Boeing.

According to an AFP report cited by several unnamed sources, last month's cyber attacks on Airbus were led by French technology consulting firm Expleo, engine manufacturer Rolls Royce and two unnamed Airbus subcontractors.

Expleo and Rolls Royce declined to comment on the allegations.

Targeted by cyber-attacks

In the last 12 months, Airbus has been the target of cyber-attacks four times. It appears that hackers were trying to obtain engine data for the A400M military transport aircraft and the A350 passenger aircraft.

AFP has not made clear whether cyberattacks have led to data theft or affected Airbus activities.

He said security sources had not finally determined who was responsible for the cyber attacks, but that they were carrying the characteristics of groups affiliated with Chinese intelligence services.

Airbus has been targeted by hackers for months, suspecting Chinese spies

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