Hackers took down U.S. airport web sites, Department of Homeland Security confirms

Unknown hackers attacked and temporarily shut down the public-facing websites of at least several major U.S. airports on Monday, a Department of Homeland Security official confirmed to USA TODAY.

The official from DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA, declined to comment on who might have been behind what appeared to be a coordinated series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) incidents, which did not affect the actual operations of the airports or planes flying into and out of them.

Russian-speaking “hacktivists” from a group calling itself KillNet claimed responsibility for the attacks, which temporarily took down websites at 14 airports, including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to the official Twitter account of the Russian service of the Voice of America.

Read more…
Source: USA TODAY News