Hackers Attempt Communications Take Over on El Al Flights

April 2, 2024

INCIDENT

At least two planes from Israel's El Al Airlines suffered hacking attempts from "hostile elements," according to several Israeli news outlets. The Jerusalem Post reported that "hostile elements" tried to take over the communications network of an El Al plane flying from Phuket, Thailand, to Ben-Gurion airport in Israel on Saturday night.

During the incident, instructions were given to the crew that were different from their set route, raising concerns that someone was trying to damage the plane or lead it to dangerous areas, maybe even to conduct a kidnapping.

El Al stressed that "the disturbances are not aimed at El Al planes and that this is not a security incident. The disruption did not affect the normal course of the flight

No group has claimed responsibility for the reported hacking attempts.

Incident Date

February 17, 2024

Location

Israel

Estimated Cost


No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified