Thursday, January 12, 2023

Royal Mail hit by cyber incident And All US flights grounded by FAA

US flights grounded by FAA

Planes circle over New York

Planes appear to be circling JFK and Newark airports in New York as the Federal Aviation Administration deals with the glitch that is preventing planes from landing.

However, it appears some flights may be landing.

Issues with pilot notification system to blame for disruption

An IT meltdown has grounded every flight to or from and within the US in a blow to thousands of travellers.

The disruption to air travel has come after the failure of a key pilot notification system operated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Thousands of passengers have been hit by delays, and there was no estimate available for the restoration of the Notice to Air Missions system, or Notam.

It conveys urgent advisory information essential for flight operations. Tracking website FlightAware has already listed more than 1,160 US delays.

The Notam system provides airlines with real time safety information for flight planning.

The US airlines association, Airlines for America, said it has been notified about the disruptions, and that it is "working with the FAA and awaiting further information regarding when these issues will be resolved." 

An IT meltdown has grounded every flight to or from and within the US in a blow to thousands of travellers.

Latest tweet from FAA

Update 5: Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the U.S. following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety information to flight crews. The ground stop has been lifted.

We continue to look into the cause of the initial problem.

Royal Mail

Royal Mail has been left unable to send letters or parcels overseas after the postal service suffered a crippling "cyber incident” A company statement warned customers to expect delays or disruptions to packages already sent and urged others not to attempt to send mail internationally while the problems continued. 

It is understood the problem was first discovered on Tuesday morning and that staff at Royal Mail have been attempting to uncover the cause since then. 

Six sites are affected, including a huge sorting facility located next to Heathrow Airport, where most outgoing international mail is sorted before leaving the UK. 

The company, which is considered part of Britain's critical national infrastructure, is in touch with the police and at least one security service following the incident. 

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "We have asked customers temporarily to stop submitting any export items into the network while we work hard to resolve the issue.

"Some customers may experience delay or disruption to items already shipped for export.

"Our import operations continue to perform a full service with some minor delays.

"Our teams are working around the clock to resolve this disruption and we will update customers as soon as we have more information.”

The National Cyber Security Centre has confirmed it is assisting the company, along with the National Crime Agency. 

Pigeon Post News, Richmond.

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