Popular plane-tracking website Flight Radar 24 has been the victim of multiple DDoS attacks over the past few days – and though the site's operators haven't attributed blame, some have wondered if a regional conflict may have been the cause.
Flight Radar 24, as its name suggests, is a website for the live tracking of air traffic. When it was taken offline in the small hours of this morning, quite a few people were rather irritated.
Attacks on our systems continue and while we were able to bring services back for a short time, significant instability due to the sustained attacks has forced us to refocus our efforts to mitigate them. As a result, Flightradar24 remains unavailable to all users at this time.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) September 29, 2020
The site’s Twitter operatives added in later posts that no user data had been compromised, adding that "this attack is focused on denying access to our services”.
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Flight Radar spokesman Ian Petchenik told The Register: “At this time we understand this to be a very strong DDoS attack [orchestrated] from a single source. While it is not known why we’re being targeted, multiple flight tracking services have suffered attacks over the past two days.”
It was not immediately obvious which other sites had suffered attacks, though some had used their Twitter accounts to inform followers of planned server upgrades and updates to end-user apps.