Multiple Cyberattacks Reported On US Airport Websites

US Airport Websites Under Attack
US Airport Websites Under Attack

According to the report, multiple Cyberattacks have been reported on U.S. airport websites.

It was first reported around 3 a.m. that ET. LaGuardia Airport’s system was compromised when the Port Authority notified the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. In addition to LaGuardia, other airports around the country have also been targeted by cyberattacks, ABC reported.

Several U.S. airport websites were disrupted by Russian-speaking hackers through denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), as per report. It stated that Des Moines International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport also experienced website problems.

What is distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack?

In DDoS attacks, a flood of traffic overwhelms a targeted server, service, network, or its surrounding infrastructure to disrupt normal traffic. It jams web traffic.

“Obviously, we’re tracking that, and there’s no concern about operations being disrupted,” Kiersten Todt, Chief of Staff of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said Monday at a security conference in Sea Island, Georgia.

How many Airport websites suffered cyberattack?

The 14 websites include the one for Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. An employee told CNN there were no operational impacts.

According to senior government officials, the source of cyberattacks was Russia.

“It’s an inconvenience,” the senior US government source said to NBC News, who added that the incidents had led to a “denial of public access” to airport websites.

“Early this morning, the website was partially disrupted,” LAX said in a statement to ABC News. “The service interruption was limited to portions of the public facing website only. No internal airport systems were compromised and there were no operational disruptions.”

“It’s an inconvenience,” the source said.

The attacks have resulted in targeted “denial of public access” to public-facing web domains that report airport wait times and congestion.

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