Following a number of anomalies in its ICT systems, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has launched an investigation into a possible hack.

Speaking to Fin24, SACAA spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba said that following an inspection by ICT personnel, some files were found to have suspicious characteristics.

Further investigation led to servers being disconnected from the SACAA network so as to address the anomalies.

“Management took a precautionary decision not to restore some information communication technology services to ensure that proper investigations are conducted, and all anomalies addressed,” Ledwaba told Fin24.

Importantly, the spokesperson says that the situation is under control and services are continuing as normal albeit slower due to the fact that some services have to be done manually.

“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 said.

The authority has said that it has contingency plans in place including multiple back-ups and a business continuity plan.

Stakeholders will be notified once the SACAA has restored its servers to full operating capacity.

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