The next world war won’t be like the last one, or the one before it. We live in such a vastly different world now than we did 80 and 100 years ago that any sort of conflict now comes to us first off the battlefield as opposed to on.
And, increasingly, we see major global powers duking it out in the digital dimension, as cyberspace begins to become the premiere preemptive theater of war.
This new reality came home to roost this week in America, after several US airport websites were taken offline by a coordinated hack attack out of Russia.
A pro-Russian hacker group is taking credit for temporarily taking down several U.S. airport websites on Monday, though there appeared to be no impact on flight operations.
The cyberattacks claimed by Killnet impacted the websites for Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson International in Atlanta, among others.Trending:
The group posted a list of airports on Telegram, urging hackers to participate in what’s known as a DDoS attack — a distributed denial-of-service caused when a computer network is flooded by simultaneous data transmissions.
These hackers had rather large ambitions.
The group’s call to action included airports across the country, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, and Missouri.
The incident did not affect flights or security at the locations, but merely the customer-facing portion of the airports’ websites.