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San Francisco International Airport Discloses Possible Data Breach

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) experienced a cyberattack in March 2020 that may have impacted users who accessed and, according to a memo sent to all airport commission employees last week. Users who accessed these websites from outside the airport's network via Internet Explorer on a Windows-based personal device may be affected by the cyberattack.

Cybercriminals inserted malicious code on and to steal users' login credentials, the memo indicated. As such, they may have been able to access some users' login information for their personal devices during the attack. and were taken offline after the cyberattack was discovered, the memo stated. In addition, the malicious code used during the cyberattack was removed from both websites, and the airport reset all SFO-related email and network passwords on March 23.

SFO is encouraging any and users who may have been affected by the cyberattack to change the password for their personal devices. It also is urging these users to change any login credentials that leverage the same username and password combination.

Cybercriminals Attack New York Airport

The potential SFO data breach comes after hackers in December 2019 used Sodinokibi ransomware to attack the Albany County Airport Authority.

Cybercriminals initially targeted LogicalNet, a hosting provider and MSP in Schenectady, New York. They then penetrated the airport's servers and backup servers.

The airport's insurance carrier paid the cyber ransom. Furthermore, cybercriminals shared a decryption key with the airport after the ransom was paid, and the airport recovered its encrypted data.

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.