13 US air travel websites were blocked Monday morning after a Russian hacktivist group identified them as targets for cyberattacks. Affected websites included those for Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta and Los Angeles International Airport — two of the country’s busiest airports.
Over a dozen airports were impacted by the attack that overloaded sites, flooding them with fake users and making them inaccessible to those visiting the websites. “Killnet,” a pro-Russian hacker group, is believed to be behind the hack.
First reports of the attacks came in at 3 am EST when the Port Authority notified the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that the LaGuardia Airport system had been compromised. While LaGuardia was restored, other airports like Des Moines International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport were targeted thereafter.
Since the beginning of the Ukrainian war, the Russian hacker group “Killnet” has been active, targeting Ukrainian allies and recently taking down government websites in the US. Cybersecurity experts say they operate internationally and have been known to carry out attacks across Europe.
A team of engineers and programmers are actively working to plug the holes that enabled the attacks and strengthen the critical computer infrastructure. Kudos to them, I still can’t figure out how someone managed to hack my Facebook years ago and now I’m blocked for life (my win though).