Boryspil Airport at Kiev suffers cyber attack

18 January 2016 (Last Updated January 18th, 2016 18:30)

Boryspil Airport at Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, has suffered a cyber attack in an IT network that includes air traffic control.

Boryspil Airport at Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, has suffered a cyber attack in an IT network, which includes air traffic control.

The malicious software found in a computer at the airport was similar to that of the malware platform called "BlackEnergy", which attacked three power companies in Ukraine in December, which led to blackouts for a short period of time.

The Government of Ukraine stated that the cyber attack on Kiev's main airport was launched from a server in Russia.

"That is why we have grounds to believe that it was a cyber attack."

The malware attack has compelled the Ukrainian authorities to relook into the defences of computer systems at government establishments such as airports and railway stations.

Although there are no definite evidences to indicate that the Russian state is involved in the cyber attack at the airport, doubts have already surfaced due to strained relations between the two countries.

Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko was quoted by Euronews as saying: "Preliminary investigations lead us to believe that the virus came from the territory of the Russian Federation.

"That is why we have grounds to believe that it was a cyber attack."

Lysenko also stated that the malware was detected in the airport's system at an early stage itself, which allowed the authorities to restrict the damage.

Ukraine infrastructure ministry spokeswoman Irina Kustovska was quoted by Reuters as saying: "In connection with the case in Boryspil, the ministry intends to initiate a review of anti-virus databases in the companies which are under the responsibility of the ministry."

The state-run Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) of Ukraine warned that the country could see more such threats.

Recently, Russia also complained of a dramatic increase in cyber attacks in its security services after the relations with the West deteriorated.