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Pulkovo Airport's air-traffic control system malfunctioned after receiving threatening emails from Hackers

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On August 8th, the Air-Traffic control system "Galaxy" in the international airport "Pulkovo" (Saint Petersburg, Russia) is malfunctioned. The system controls the movement of aircraft in the area of approach to the airport.

An interesting fact is that the failure occurred not only on the server but also on all the computers in the control room. Suddenly, they were frozen.

At the time of the incident, four Airplane were in the air without control for about ten minutes.

Few days back (August 3rd) before this incident the Airport's Quality Control Department received threatening e-mail. The Pulkovo airport received these threatening emails at least three times starting from July 30.

The Cyber Criminals demanded 200 Bitcoins (around 89 million rubles/90 million rupees) otherwise they will disrupt the navigation control system. Employees assume that these threats and system failure have a direct connection.

Law enforcement agencies found that the letters were sent from...(continued)
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