Pro-Iranian group ALtahrea hits Port of London website with DDoS attack

A seemingly “politically motivated” DDoS attack has taken down the Port of London Authority’s website.

The Port of London Authority/PLA has become the latest victim of a cyberattack which forced the closure of its website, the company confirmed Tuesday, May 24.

Check Point Research also confirmed the DDoS attack, citing that an Iranian group launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack to shut down the PLA website.

Port of London Authority

The PLA is a public trust which maintains and oversees the ups and downs of the Thames Tideway from the Strait of Kent/Essex to Teddington Lock towards the end of the North Sea and oversees 200,000 commercial/leisure vessels.

ALtahrea Team Hacking Group Claims Responsibility

According to the latest updates, the DDoS attack is politically motivated and the hacking group ALtahrea Team is responsible for the attack. The group claimed responsibility for the attack on its Telegram channel at 8 p.m.

According to Check Point researchers, ALtahrea is a pro-Iranian hacker gang that has previously launched attacks against the Israel Ports Authority, Israel’s Channel 9, Jpost and other Israeli entities.

The group also attacked the Nasdaq, the headquarters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. official website and Turkish media platform Anadolu Agency.

Port of London website hit by crippling DDoS attack
ALtahrea on Telegram (Image: Hackread.com)

The researchers claim that apparently the Iranian government runs this group and that its membership is made up of either Iraqis who support Iran or the Iranian government.

Nevertheless, the good news is that at the time of this article’s publication, the APL’s website was back online.

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