Russian hackers attack UK airports’ websites

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UK airports have become the latest target of cyberattacks, with claims of hacking attempts by pro-Kremlin groups.

On Wednesday afternoon, London City Airport’s website experienced downtime which coincided with an apparent claim of a hack by a pro-Kremlin group called UserSec.

Shortly afterwards, another group – Anonymous Russia – claimed to have launched a similar attack on Birmingham Airport’s website. However, the website remained operational at the time.

The hacking attempts raise additional concerns about cybersecurity vulnerabilities at critical infrastructure points like airports. Fortunately, arrival and departure boards indicated that flight operations continued smoothly.

The hacking group NoName, which identifies as pro-Kremlin, had previously taken credit for an issue with London City Airport’s website in May. The group has been active since March 2022 and has targeted other websites, including the French Senate.

These recent incidents align with earlier warnings from the UK government about Russian hackers attempting to cause significant damage to the country’s critical national infrastructure, such as power stations.

The recent attacks are believed to be ideologically motivated rather than financially driven, and the UK government has been urging companies to be proactive in defending themselves against cyber threats.

The potential impact of these hacks on the functioning of airports raises concerns about the cybersecurity measures in place to safeguard critical systems. Given the growing reliance on technology in airport operations and the potential consequences of disruptions, ensuring robust cybersecurity protocols is paramount.

In addition to the airport-related cyber incidents, the UK faced another significant data breach in June which targeted major organisations such as British Airways, Boots, and the BBC.

The breach in June was linked to the Russian-speaking cybercrime group Clop. The attack exploited a flaw in the software called MOVEit Transfer.

The continuous targeting of UK-based entities by hackers underscores the importance of robust cybersecurity practices across all industries. Businesses and organisations must remain vigilant in identifying potential vulnerabilities and taking proactive measures to protect sensitive data and critical infrastructure.

To combat such threats effectively, collaboration between the government, private sector, and cybersecurity experts is crucial. By sharing intelligence, expertise, and resources, stakeholders can enhance their collective ability to prevent and respond to cyber incidents effectively.

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