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Cyberattacks On U.S. Airport Websites Signal Growing Threat To Critical Infrastructure
The transportation industry appears to be waking up to a renewed specter of threats following a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that temporarily took down several U.S. airport websites. These sorts of targeted hacks on critical infrastructure often precede necessary and crucial advancements in the application of cybersecurity best practices. While strong security measures have always been an objective, the airline industry now looks to emphasize backup plans, threat exercises, and visibility as a response to the system outages caused by these types of attacks. The October outages for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International appear to be part of ongoing pro-Russian cyberattacks escalation of a recent campaign protesting the U.S. government's support for Ukraine in its war with Russia. Unfortunately, the general media have minimized the urgency these threats truly pose. There are a lot more on the way.