SACAA insists 'situation under control' amid hacking concerns

[LISTEN] SACAA insists 'situation under control' amid hacking concerns

Weekend media reports speculated that the SACAA might have been hacked. State Security Authorities were notified about the matter "for their consideration, analysis, and possible investigation."

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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) says everything is under control following a failure to launch by some of its Information Technology (IT) systems last week. 


Weekend media reports speculated that the SACAA might have been hacked. 


According to Kabelo Ledwaba of the SACAA, they noticed on the 1st of July that some IT systems were not operating as per the norm. 


"On closer inspection by the relevant ICT personnel, it was noted that some files had suspicious characteristics, which are regarded as anomalies from an ICT perspective. Upon conducting a preliminary investigation, it was decided that some servers should be disconnected from the network in order to address these anomalies," says Ledwaba. 


He adds: "As a rule, the SACAA’s management does not take matters such as this lightly."


He said that an internal investigation was launched and that the State Security Authorities were notified about the matter "for their consideration, analysis, and possible investigation."


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Ledwaba says: "Only after the conclusion of the current ongoing investigation that we will know, with absolute certainty, if indeed there was an individual or individuals that may have deliberately attempted to disrupt the SACAA’s services."


He says  CAA management took a precautionary decision not to restore some information communication technology services to ensure that proper investigations are conducted, and all anomalies addressed. 


"The SACAA can confirm that the situation is under control," says Ledwaba 


"Services are continuing as per the norm, however, some of the services are now being offered manually, and therefore a bit slower than usual. It must be emphasised that the perception that there is a total shutdown of services is absolutely not true. Moreover, the decision to shut down the servers has no bearing on the SACAA’s ability to oversee a safe and secure air transport network."


Ledwaba says preliminary indications are both the entities and client data has not been negatively affected. 


"As soon as it is deemed safe to restore all servers, our customers and all stakeholders will be notified," he says. 

Listen to Ledwaba below: 



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