Pakistan’s largest airline group, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), has reportedly fallen victim to a cyber attack. The hacking group Team UCC has claimed responsibility for the attack.
At the time of writing, PIA’s official website was inaccessible. The website displayed “Error code 1020”, a Cloudflare error that occurs when security measures to prevent DDoS attacks are implemented. This indicates that the website may have been a target of a DDoS attack.
The Cyber Express reached out to PIA, but the company is yet to respond or release an official statement regarding the Pakistan cyber attack.
Cybersecurity threats have increasingly become prevalent in Pakistan, with the country experiencing a surge in cybercrime, espionage, and cyber warfare.
This has resulted in a number of hacker groups targeting the country’s vital infrastructure, including power and energy systems, military and government networks, and financial institutions.
Pakistan Cyber attacks: Why is the country being targeted?
The use of technology in Pakistan’s electrical power infrastructure has become an essential aspect of contemporary society, enabling the efficient management and distribution of electricity.
However, it also escalates the potential ramifications of a cyber-attack on these systems without adequate security measures.
The potential consequences of a cyber-attack on these systems are often overlooked and undervalued due to a lack of awareness and understanding of the potential risks and a lack of investment and resources devoted to cybersecurity.
In the absence of such measures, cyber threats will continue to threaten the country’s economic stability and security significantly.