AFP news agency reported that a series of cyber attacks on Airbus on Thursday were carried out over the past few months through the computer systems of suppliers and contractors of the aerospace group and security sources suspect a link to China.
Airbus, the world’s second largest aerospace group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.
In January of this year, the company said an Internet attack on its systems had resulted in a data breach. Last year, US prosecutors said Chinese intelligence officers and hackers stole information about a life engine developed by firms supplying Airbus and its US rival Boeing.
According to the AFP report, which cited numerous unknown security sources, internet attacks in recent months on Airbus were mounted through French technology consultancy Expleo, engine maker Rolls Royce and two French Airbus subcontractors which were not identified. .
The report quoted sources as saying the hackers appeared to have requested information about the engines for the A400M military transport aircraft and the A350 aircraft.
Over the past 12 months, Airbus has been targeted by four major internet attacks, AFP quoted one source as saying. Some of the attacks date further, the report said.
The AFP report did not clarify whether the cyberattacks he described had led to data corruption or impacts on Airbus operations.