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Multiple US media sources have reported that the websites of 14 U.S. airports, including La Guardia in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, and Des Moines, have become targets of cyberattacks.
Russian hackers from the Killnet group, which organizes such actions, took responsibility for the attack.
At least 14 US airport websites, including the largest, were inaccessible on the morning of Monday, October 10, 2022.
The attacks fortunately did not affect systems responsible for air traffic control and flight safety.
The hackers temporarily blocked access to airport websites, including information on airplane arrivals and departures, artificially generating extremely high traffic on these sites, resulting in their overload.
"The attacks did not cause any damage, but we are closely monitoring them," conveyed a spokesman for the Federal Transportation Security Administration.
Airport authorities whose sites were attacked have notified law enforcement authorities of the incident.
The attacks were carried out by a group of pro-Russian hackers known as Killnet, according to the vice president of intelligence at Mandiant, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm, John Hultquist.
The hacking group Killnet became notorious after Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, when Killnet attacked the computer systems of Ukrainian allies. Recently, the Killnet group has also claimed responsibility for attacks on other US government websites.