ATL Takes Wi-Fi Offline After Hackers Breach City Servers
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The busiest airport in the world has gone off-the-grid – at least where Internet is concerned.
Soon after a cyber ransomware attack shut down the City of Atlanta’s network servers on Thursday, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) proactively shut down parts of its website, as well as Wi-Fi access throughout the airport. As of 4pm Friday, access had not yet been restored.
A prominent message on the airport’s website, as well as notices posted throughout the airport itself, inform travelers that ATL is “currently experiencing website difficulties. Security line wait times and flight information may not be accurate.” Passengers are encouraged to check directly with their airlines for up-to-date travel information, and flights have not affected by the network outage.
The “ransomware” attack refers to a type of malicious software, which shuts down compromised networks until a ransom sum is paid. The security breach is currently under investigation by a number of federal law enforcement agencies aiding local officials, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Secret Service.
Because many free, public Wi-Fi networks do not offer data security or encryption, hackers can easily access private information, and the airport has taken preventative action to prevent additional breaches during this time. “While we aren’t directly affected by the cyberattack, we are being abundantly cautious and have taken these systems offline,” airport spokesperson Reese McCranie said.
Featured photo by Barry Williams for Getty Images
This card from Bank of America gets really interesting if you have a BofA checking, savings or investment account. Depending on the value of your combined accounts you can potentially get as much as 3.5x points on travel/dining and 2.625x points on other purchases making it the richest consumer banking bonus out there.
- Receive 50,000 bonus points – a $500 value – after you make at least $3,000 in purchases in the first 90 days of account opening
- Earn unlimited 2 points for every $1 spent on travel and dining purchases and unlimited 1.5 points per $1 spent on all other purchases
- If you're a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can earn 25%-75% more points on every purchase
- No limit to the points you can earn and your points don't expire
- Redeem for cash back as a statement credit, deposit into eligible Bank of America® accounts, credit to eligible Merrill accounts, or gift cards or purchases at the Bank of America Travel Center
- Get up to $200 in combined airline incidental and airport expedited screening statement credits + valuable travel insurance protections
- No Foreign Transaction Fees
- Low $95 annual fee