Websites at some US airports, including Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, were taken down during the cyber attack on Monday, although it had no effect on flight operations, officials said.
According to The Washington Post, the attacks were carried out by a pro-Russian hacking group called Killnet, according to John Hultquist, vice president of intelligence at American cybersecurity firm Montiant.
Kilnet said it carried out coordinated DDoS (denial of service) attacks on cyber targets from a list it posted on its Telegram channel — which included several major US airports.
Denial-of-service attacks occur when a target is overwhelmed with traffic, causing it to become unresponsive or down.
While highly visible, Hultquist characterized these attacks as “general nuisances” rather than serious security threats because they do not target critical internal systems that could affect airport operations.
Yet when they do occur, he said, they are effective in capturing the public’s attention.
The Port Authority of New York/New Jersey said the LaGuardia Airport website was hit by a DDoS attack around 3:00 a.m. Monday.
“The Port Authority’s cybersecurity protection system did its job by quickly detecting the incident, resolving the issue within 15 minutes and notifying federal authorities immediately, allowing others to be alerted,” the agency said in a statement. Port Authority Facilities.
At Denver International Airport, officials said the attack began around 11 a.m. (local time).
Los Angeles International Airport managers said in a statement that the airport’s website has been partially shut down and limited to parts of the website that are public-facing.
The airport IT team has restored all services and is investigating the cause, they said. “No internal airport systems were compromised and there were no operational disruptions,” the statement said.
with the information that The Washington Post
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