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Cyberattack attempts to crash Bradley Airport’s website, officials say

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Bradley International Airport(Western Mass News photo)
Published: Mar. 29, 2022 at 1:27 PM EDT
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WINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) – A cyberattack attempted to crash Bradley International Airport’s website Tuesday, officials say.

The Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) says the cyber attack was a distributed denial of service (DDoS).

A DDoS is when hackers send large amounts of traffic to a website, trying to overwhelm it.

“I didn’t think it would happen to a Connecticut airport but stuff happens I guess,” said Yelena Perez of Newington.

Cyberknow, an organization aimed at helping communities fight cyber threats, posted the translated message left behind by hackers on Twitter saying “When the supply of weapons to Ukraine stops, attacks on the information structure of your country will instantly stop. America, no one is afraid of you.”

“This seems to be a politically motivated hack. We’ve seen a lot of this with Russian patriotic hackers. What they do is, they deface website to broadcast or announce a political message,” said Vahid Behzadan with the University of New Haven. “There is no reason to be concerned about the flight operations and the air traffic control being compromised.”

“The website is currently live and there is no data breach,” officials said.

The CAA says there has been no impact to operations at the airport.

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