Airport websites in the U.S. were targeted Monday in DDoS attacks


Dozens airport websites in America including several major of them were affected after DDoS attacks on Monday morning and Russian-speaking hackers, the group known as Killnet, claimed responsibility. No immediate signs of impact to actual air travel were reported. “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. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport website was one of the affected. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport’s websites were too among those impacted. The attacks such attacks are more as a “public nuisance” than serious security threats, however.


No internal airport systems were compromised. The websites are back up and running. The FBI is awared of the incident. Kiersten Todt, CISA chief of staff, said the agency is on heightened alert. Glenn Gerstell, the general counsel of the National Security Agency from 2015 to 2020, declared that such attacks are notoriously hard to attribute.The same hackers group claimed responsibility last week for knocking offline US state governments websites. In such attacks hackers flood computer servers with phony web traffic to knock them offline.