US airports, including New York, hit by suspected Russian cyberattacks

The websites of a number of major US airports were briefly taken offline today (Image: AFP)

Pro-Russian hacktivists have reportedly claimed responsibility for cyberattacks on several US airports.

Sites for cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Phoenix and St. Louis, was briefly taken offline today after being inundated with traffic.

They were attacked after the pro-Russian hacker group known as ‘KillNet’ shared a list of websites and encouraged its followers to attack them.

The hacker group shared a still from The Hunger Games trilogy with the caption ‘Let The Hunger Games Begin in USA 2022’ on their Telegram channel.

An earlier post included 46 airport websites, with KillNet calling for a ‘new state safari’.

‘To all the hackers who participated in the liquidation of the United States, don’t stop,’ they later wrote.

Most websites have since been brought back online (Image: AP)

The group has been active since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

The attacks only affected the airports’ public-facing websites, which provide flight and service information.

It is believed that operations were not affected and most have since been brought back online.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport said its website is ‘up and running following an incident early this morning that made it unavailable to the public’.

“An investigation into the cause of the incident is underway,” it reads. ‘At no time were operations at the airport affected.’

KillNet also claimed responsibility last week for attacks on the websites of a number of US government agencies.

The group has also targeted other countries opposed to the war, including Italy, Romania, Moldova, Norway and Japan.

The hackers are also suspected of making an attempt to block the Eurovision website during Ukraine’s performance this year, but this was blocked by the Italian state police.

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