German airport websites down in possible hacker attack

Experts are investigating after several German airports reported website failures. The disruption has been attributed to a possible hacking attack.

Several German airports had their websites disrupted on Thursday, with experts investigating a possible online attack.

The problems come a day after a major IT failure at Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa left thousands of passengers stranded at Frankfurt airport.

What we know so far

Among the airports affected were Düsseldorf, Nüremberg, Erfurt-Weimar and Dortmund. The websites were either not reachable or flagged up failure messages.

The websites of Germany’s biggest airports, in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin, were operating normally.

“We are still troubleshooting,” a spokeswoman said, adding it was unlikely that the failure was due to a regular overload.

“There is reason to suspect it could be a hacker attack,” she said.

Nüremberg Airport in northern Bavaria said its site had been receiving so many requests that it collapsed. German news magazine Spiegel’s website reported that the problems could have been caused by a DDos attack, in which hackers direct heavy internet traffic at targeted servers in a relatively unsophisticated effort to take them offline.

It was not initially clear if the outages would have any effect on air traffic.

There was travel chaos at Frankfurt Airport — one of Europe’s biggest airport — on Wednesday after cable damage at a construction site caused a computer system failure, with more than 200 flights canceled.

The websites of German airports were among multiple targets believed to have been brought down last month by the pro-Russian hacking group Killnet.

rc/fb (Reuters, dpa)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *