LAX website disrupted after threat from pro-Russian hacking group

The Los Angeles International Airport website was down Monday morning after a pro-Russian hacking group listed the LAX site as one of its targets.

A statement from LAX confirmed that portions of the public-facing website were disrupted. There were no disruptions to airport operations or systems. The website was restored shortly before 11 a.m., airport spokeswoman Victoria Spilabotte said. The cause is still being investigated; LAX notified the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI of the incident.

Killnet, a hacking group, listed 14 websites, including LAX and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, among US airports it was targeting, according to reports.

A LAX spokesperson did not elaborate on the cause of the disruption or whether it was related to Killnet. A TSA spokesperson referred the questions to LAX.

Killnet previously posted a video supporting Russia and claiming credit for implementing a DDoS attack, a “distributed denial of service” attack in which servers are flooded with web traffic to take websites offline, against a US airport in March in retaliation for US support for Ukraine. , according to a federal cybersecurity advisory.

Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst at Atmosphere Research Group, said an attack on the LAX website is unlikely to affect airline operations because each airline operates its own website.

But he added that he was worried about what could happen if the group attacked other parts of LAX’s infrastructure.

“Depending on what is attacked, it could potentially affect airlines, terminal operations, concession operators or others,” he said in an email. “The attack on the LAX website should not be dismissed as insignificant or inconsequential unless and until it is proven to be so.”

Times writer Gregory Yee contributed to this report.

Los Angeles Times

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