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Hamburg Airport Cyberattack: Killmilk Group Claims Breach

Although the airport's website operates without apparent disruption, the potential for a covert cyberattack on backend systems remains plausible.

by Ashish Khaitan May 20, 2024 in Firewall Daily, Dark Web News, Hacker Claims Reading Time: 3 mins read 0

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The hacker group has claimed the , asserting access to certain parts of the airport's premises. The claim, posted in cryptic messages on social media platforms, suggests a breach of security protocols with detailed descriptions of airport locations and systems.

The post, which includes snippets of code and references to specific areas within the airport, has raised concerns about the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to cyber threats. However, as of now, there has been no official confirmation or response from Hamburg Airport authorities regarding the alleged cyberattack.

Unverified Hamburg Airport Cyberattack Claims

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The Cyber Express reached out to the airport authorities for clarification on the alleged . However, at the time of writing this, no official statement of response has been received. This lack of response leaves the claims of a cyberattack on Hamburg Airport unverified at present.

While the airport's website appears to be functioning normally, with no visible signs of disruption, the possibility of a targeted cyberattack on the backend systems cannot be ruled out. If indeed an attack occurred, it may have been limited in scope or duration, as indicated by similar attacks in the past. 

Adding to the intrigue surrounding these claims is the background of the individual behind Just Evil/Killmilk. Identified as Nikolai Serafimov, a 30-year-old Russian citizen, he is purportedly the leader of the infamous hacktivist group Killnet. Serafimov's past involvement in criminal activities, including narcotics-related offenses and a stint in a Russian prison, adds a layer of complexity to the situation.

Who is the Killnet Hacker Group?

On August 1, 2022, “Killmilk” and its founder launched a cyber-attack on Lockheed Martin, citing retaliation for the U.S. supplying HIMARS systems to Ukraine. Accusing Lockheed Martin of sponsoring terrorism, the group targeted production systems and employee information. This marked a shift from their previous tactics of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. 

Led by Serafimov, Killmilk had been involved in various cyber activities, including operating “Black Listing,” a DDoS-for-pay platform. Serafimov introduced “Black Skills,” a Private Military Hacking Company, indicating the increasing threat of cyber warfare by non-state actors. 

The emergence of new tactics and entities like “Black Skills” highlights the new threat actor and its immovable plans for creating cyber conflict. This is an ongoing story and The Cyber Express will be closely monitoring the situation. We'll update this story once we have more information on the alleged Hamburg Airport cyberattack or any official confirmation from the authorities. 

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