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San Francisco airport’s website hacked, staff passwords stolen: Report

San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport

The world is fighting many things right now and two of the most dangerous problems are the Coronavirus pandemic and the hacking incidents which are related in a major way to the virus spread. We have seen that since everyone is working from home and people are being less secure when at home, the hackers are taking full advantage and gaining access to their personal information in a manner that is dangerous. If you thought that the incidents of Zoom hacking, as well as other exploits, were enough, here is one more major hacking incident that has just been reported.

As per the reports, San Francisco International Airport’s website was also hacked last month. Now, it is known that San Francisco has one of the busiest international airports meaning that a lot of passengers and contractors have their data inside the database. It must be easy to imagine how much damage can hacking such a huge database cause to society. That is exactly what has happened because the airport’s website has been hacked and the authorities have confirmed that their staff’s passwords have also been stolen.

On April 7, the airport sent a notice saying that two of its websites namely SFOConnect and SFOConstruction, were hacked and the data from those websites were accessed. The report mentioned that hackers “inserted malicious computer code on these websites to steal some users’ login credentials.”

As for the security concern, the airport’s report added that “Users possibly impacted by this attack include those accessing these websites from outside the airport network through Internet Explorer on a Windows-based personal device or a device not maintained by [the airport].” It was also mentioned that both these sites were taken down once the attack was known to them. However, people who fall in the above category of usage might have to be worried.