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No evidence U.S. flight delays caused by cyber terrorism, Buttigieg says

Jan. 11 (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday there is no evidence that this morning’s FAA outage affecting domestic flights was caused by cyber terrorism, but he won’t rule that out until an investigation is completed.

“There’s been no direct evidence or indication of [a cyberattack], but we are also not going rule that out until we have a clear and better understanding of what’s taken place,” Buttigieg said in a CNN interview Wednesday. He said a key question to consider is whether or not the FAA’s system is out of date.

Buttigieg tweeted, “I have directed an after-action process to determine root causes and recommend next steps.”

Buttigieg also said the FAA has determined that the safety system affected by the overnight outage is fully restored.

Buttigieg said the domestic flights were grounded nationwide by the FAA out of an abundance of caution to keep passengers safe.

The FAA has lifted the ground stop it placed on all U.S. domestic flights Wednesday morning and said normal air traffic operations gradually are resuming nationwide. The domestic flights were stopped earlier in the morning as the FAA worked to restore its Notice to Air Missions system.

In a tweet, the FAA said “Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the U.S. following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety info to flight crews. The ground stop has been lifted.”…



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