Russian hackers attacked the Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio websites

Russian hackers from the Killnet collective targeted the sites of Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio airports.

The Italian sites of the Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio airports were attacked: today afternoon, Friday 20 May, the hackers of the pro-Russian collective known as Killnet carried out a “Ddos” attack on the airport pages Lombardy and the airports of Genoa and Rimini. This type of attack consists in continuously sending several false requests for access to computer systems in order to overload them and make them collapse.

The sites of Linate and Malpensa airports are still down

This therefore makes it impossible to access the site. At the moment the only website that seems to be back in operation is that of the Bergamo airport: the sites of Linate and Malpensa are out of order. In these hours the state police – thanks to the support of the Postal Service – are providing assistance to the IT structures of the individual sites to restore accessibility as soon as possible. Despite the attack suffered, there were no inconveniences for travelers: neither for those arriving nor for those departing. In fact, all airport services were regular, so there were no consequences on the operation of the airports or inconvenience to flights.

Telegram’s claim

The hacker group claimed responsibility for the attack on their Telegram profile. A message reads: “We respect your Republic, but we do not respect your current actions”. The collective argues that “your police are blatantly lying through the media in our direction. Your media is lying to your population.” Finally, a series of questions are asked: “Did you want to test our strength? Will your police be able to stop him? I think it’s time someone apologized for the misinformation on Killnet and we will leave.” The Rome Prosecutor’s Office, after several institutional sites were attacked, had opened an investigation led by the anti-terrorism pool. It is not excluded that one may be opened in Milan.

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