Major US airport websites taken offline, pro-Russian hacking group takes credit

The websites of several US airports were taken offline on Monday morning, with a pro-Russian hacking group claiming responsibility.

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According to Bleeping Computer, the group known as Killnet launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, rendering affected airport websites unavailable. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and the websites of Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport were among those affected. .

Representatives from LAX, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Chicago Department of Aviation told FOX Business that websites are back up and running and airport operations are unaffected. . Investigations into the incident are ongoing and the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have been notified.

An FBI spokesperson told FOX Business that the agency was “aware of the incident,” but declined to comment further. A TSA spokesperson deferred comments to airports. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.

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Killnet – which has stepped up hacking efforts against countries that oppose Russia’s war in Ukraine – previously claimed responsibility for attacks targeting government websites in Colorado, Kentucky and Mississippi last week and the Congress website in July.

“Vladimir Putin is trying to coerce the United States into stopping military support for Ukraine by trying to pressure the Americans,” said Rebekah Koffler, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and author of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America”. FOX business. “Inflicting progressive pain by disrupting the normal functioning of society is part of the doctrine. The goal is to get to the point where people tire of the inconvenience and demand that the US government abandon Ukraine.”

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