Albany County airport operations not impacted by Christmas Day cyber attack

Albany County Airport Authority has announced it was the subject of a cyber attack on Christmas Day that impacted Authority administrative computer servers but that it did not impact airport operations, the company said.

The attack was reported to the Authority by LogicalNet, the Authority´s Schenectady based computer management provider. LogicalNet reported its own management services network had been targeted and breached. A crypto virus entered the Airport´s system through LogicalNet´s maintenance server and subsequently overcame the Airport´s anti-virus protection.

The Airport Authority took immediate steps to notify the New York State Cyber Command, the FBI and sought assistance from ABS Solutions, a computer systems contractor. New York State Cyber Command advised the Authority to shut down all connections with LogicalNet.

Airport IT staff began a robust effort to contain any impact of the attack so that no Airport operations were affected. Subsequent analysis found that no TSA or airline computers had been breached and importantly, no personal or travelers´ information had been accessed. The safety and security of the traveling public was never impaired or in jeopardy.