Swissport, the world’s largest airport ground services and cargo handling company, fell victim to a ransomware attack.

The Zurich-based firm said it spotted the hack early on Thursday to contain potential damage to its IT systems. Some flights were delayed at Zurich airport and passengers are being warned of further potential disruption.

Swissport’s website was forced offline by the cyberattack and the company said some services had been affected for passengers and freight.

“The situation has been contained and measures have been taken to prevent further spread,” a spokesperson told Swiss public broadcaster SRF.

Swissport is the latest high profile cyberattack attack in Switzerland in recent months.

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An attacker just gained access to thousands of commuter in the Swiss Railways system, but chose to publicize the weak spot rather than cause damage.

Swissport was sold to a consortium of international by its Chinese owners in 2020 after suffering losses from the Covid-19 pandemic.

No further information about the attack, such has ransom amount, if it was paid, identification of the attacker, if all systems are up and running, was immediately available.


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