On Monday, a senior official reportedly briefed ABC News after some of the nation’s largest airports have been targeted for cyberattacks Monday by an attacker within the Russian Federation.
While the intrusion of an attacker on airlines sounds extremely daunting, it appears as if the the systems targeted do not handle air traffic control, internal airline communications and coordination, or transportation security.
“It’s an inconvenience,” the source said.
“The attacks have resulted in targeted “denial of public access” to public-facing web domains that report airport wait times and congestion,” ABC News stated.
One of the busiest airport systems targeted, LaGuardia, first reported the attack at approximately 3 a.m. ET when the Port Authority notified the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that the LaGuardia Airport system had been hit.
According to ABC NEws, LaGuardia has been restored, but other airports around the country have subsequently been targeted.
The websites for Des Moines International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport appeared impacted Monday morning, although as of this report, the website appears to be operational.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reported around 10:30 a.m. ET that its site is back up and running and that “at no time were operations at the airport impacted.”