Hackers tried to steal Airbus secrets via contractors

Source: Business Insurance

September 26, 2019 (Reuters) — A series of cyberattacks on Airbus in the past few months were conducted via the computer systems of its suppliers and contractors and security sources suspect a link to China, AFP news agency reported on Thursday. Airbus, the world’s second-largest aerospace group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report. China has repeatedly denied involvement in hacking and neither the foreign ministry nor China’s official cyber regulator responded to requests for comment on the report. Airbus said last January that a cyberattack on its systems had resulted in a data breach. Last year, U.S. prosecutors said Chinese intelligence officers and hackers stole information about a jet engine being developed by firms who supply Airbus as well as its U.S. rival Boeing.