Pro-Russian hackers claim responsibility for taking US airport website offline: NPR
A pro-Russian hacker group has praised the temporary shutdown of several websites at US airports on Monday, but flight operations appear unaffected.
Killnet’s alleged attacks affected websites such as Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International.
The group posted a list of airports on Telegram, urging hackers to participate in what they called DDoS attacks. A DDoS attack is a distributed denial of service attack caused when a computer network is flooded with simultaneous data transfers.
The group’s call to action includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri.
It was not immediately clear how many airports were actually attacked and whether all victim sites were disrupted.
In a statement, LAX officials told NPR that FlyLAX.com was partially disrupted early Monday morning.
“The service disruption was limited to the public portion of the FlyLAX.com website. No systems within the airport were compromised or disrupted operations,” a spokesperson said. A representative said in an email.
She added that the airport’s information technology team has restored all services and is investigating the cause. Officials also notified the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration.
By 1pm in Atlanta officials said ATL.com “was up and running after an incident that made it inaccessible to the public earlier this morning.” .
Officials at the Atlanta airport said airport operations were not affected.
In an earlier post on Monday, Killnet mentioned other vulnerable US sites that could succumb to similar DDoS strikes. This includes maritime terminals and logistics facilities, weather monitoring centers, medical systems, metro systems, exchanges and online trading systems.
The group congratulated a handful of teams that they claimed helped bring the site offline, writing, “Who was in the liquidation of the United States, don’t stop!!”
attack is coming soon Another spate of cyber attacks It was allegedly launched last week by the group. In that instance, the group takes credit for rallying hackers to bring down a state government site.
Both campaigns appear to have been driven by anti-U.S. sentiment over the country’s involvement in the ongoing war in Ukraine, as Russian President Vladimir Putin is pushing ahead with the aggression despite harsh economic sanctions.
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