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Bradley Airport says its website was hit by cyber attack

The website is still up and operating. The attack did not affect airport operations.

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Unknown persons launched an unsuccessful attack on Bradley International Airport's website Tuesday, according to officials. 

"We are actively monitoring an external attempt to crash the Bradley Airport website," said Ryan Tenny, with the Connecticut Airport Authority. Tenny said the cyber-attack has been identified as a distributed denial of service (DDoS).

A DDoS attack consists of targeting a server, service or network by using a flood of Internet traffic to overwhelm and take down the system.  

Officials said the website is currently live and there is no data breach. 

They said only the website was targeted and there is no impact on airport operations.

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Experts said a cyberattack can be just as dangerous as a physical attack on a location where data can be stolen and computers can be disabled. 

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They urge all Americans to practice what is called "cyber hygiene." 

It includes: 

  • Updating your anti-virus and malware systems
  • Think before you click on links or attachments 
  • Use strong, unique passwords 
  • Don't believe everything you read online

Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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