Hackers force Aeroflot to stop selling tickets

Reports are coming in that Aeroflot, Russia's largest airline, has had to suspend selling tickets via its Web site after hackers gained heavy-duty access to the portal.

According to the Itar-Tass newswire, Aeroflot has confirmed its Web site was hacked on Monday of this week and, as a result, is unable to accept credit cards online.

"Our staff is working to resolve the problem, and the online service will become available again in a day or two," the airline said in a press statement.

Aeroflot isn't saying how the hackers gained access to its site, or to what degree they have managed to extract data.

Unconfirmed reports, however, suggest that the hackers used an SQL injection attack and managed to get root-level access to the site.

This could have given them access to all the card details of punters ordering tickets via the Web site in recent times, but that's only a theory. No doubt all will be revealed in due course...