The Louisville Airport Authority (LRAA) suffered losses Monday as a result of an extortion virus attack on its systems, the News reported. The Louisville Airport Regional Authority said it was the victim of the extortion virus Monday morning.
Ransomware is malicious software designed to block access to files or data until a ransom is paid. According to local news reports, a spokesman for the LRAA reported that hackers encrypted localized municipal corporation files, did not affect operations or security systems at two airports under its control, Louisville ‘s Mohammed Ali International Airport and Bowman Field.
According to LRAA press assistant Sarah B., the attack was limited to airport management files. The extortion virus attack had no impact on operations or security systems at Louisville ‘s Muhammad Ali International Airport or Bowman Field. The issue touched on files relating to the regional airport authority, but did not affect operations or security systems at Louisville ‘s Muhammad Ali International Airport or Bowman Field.
Brown said the files are in the process of being restored and no ransom was paid.
The spokesperson said the malicious software was deleted, and the affected files are in the process of being restored via backups.