US Airports Hit With Cyberattacks; Russian Hacker Group Suspected Culprit

Cyberattacks were reported Monday at more than a dozen national airports.

The attack didn’t affect internal communications or transport security. ABC News was informed that it was an inconvenience.

Websites for Des Moines International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport were impacted on Monday morning.

Customers couldn’t access information on congestion and wait times at airports from public-facing web domains because of the “denial of Service” attack.

LAX reported that had been temporarily downed early this morning ABC News. The website was temporarily unavailable, but it did not affect internal airport systems.

“We noticed that the external website was down this morning,” Andrew Gobeil, a spokesperson for Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said to WAGA-TV. ”

All affected airports reported their websites had been restored.

John Hultquist, a cybersecurity firm Mandiant, was the head of the intelligence analyst. He stated to ABC News that more than a dozen airport websites were targeted by the attackers.

Hultquist said that the pro-Russian hacker group “Killnet” was behind the attacks.

A pro-Russian group called Killnet claimed credit for taking down U.S. government websites in Kentucky, Florida, and Alabama. It had been previously proved that the group had hacked organizations in Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Italy.

Hultquist noted that Killnet-like organizations have been found to be front state-backed actors but denied that any evidence suggests that the Russian government was involved in Monday’s cyberattacks.