Computer Outage Alert!!!​

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grounded all domestic flights Wednesday morning (Jan 11,
2023) after suffering a nationwide technical outage, the first time since the September 11th attacks. 
On “Mornings with Maria,” FOX Business White House correspondent Edward Lawrence was in Mexico City, waiting to board a flight to Dallas that’s now delayed “indefinitely.” “We talked to the pilot. We did get on the plane, and we were sitting in our seats and then ended up getting off the plane because, they, for security reasons, they wanted us in the airport,” Lawrence reported.  “The pilot told me that all American flights internationally are not going anywhere and they have no indication as to when that will change.” “In talking to the pilots,” he continued, “they said they’ve never seen this kind of ground stop with this kind of issue.” In July 2015, computer hackers took control of the booking system for British Airways, causing widespread disruption for travelers. The hackers were able to access the personal and financial information of hundreds of thousands of customers, as well as disrupt flight schedules. This incident caused a great deal of inconvenience and financial loss for the airline, as well as for its customers.  The hackers were able to take control of the British Airways booking system by exploiting a vulnerability in the software that powers it. Once they gained access, they were able to view and modify customer information, as well as disrupt flight schedules. This caused a great deal of inconvenience for travelers, as well as financial loss for the airline.
 British Airways was not the only airline affected by this incident; other airlines such as United Airlines and Delta Airlines were also impacted. This highlights the need for better security measures to protect against computer hacking. While the British Airways incident was certainly disruptive, it is important to remember that computer hacking can have much more serious consequences. In recent years, there have been a number of incidents in which hackers have gained access to critical infrastructure, such as power plants and nuclear facilities. This highlights the need for improved security measures to protect against computer hacking. 

Prevent computer hacking by using these steps: 

  1. Keep software and systems up to date with the latest security patches.
  2. Implement strong access control measures, such as two-factor authentication.
  3. Educate employees on cybersecurity risks and best practices.
  4. Conduct regular security audits and penetration testing.
  5. Invest in a comprehensive cybersecurity insurance policy.
  6. Outsource your IT needs.

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