Bitcoin Ransomware Attack Infects Port of San Diego’s Digital Systems, FBI Investigations Currently Underway
Ransomware Attack on Port of San Diego’s Digital Systems, FBI Is Investigating
Through a statement released by the Port of San Diego late last Thursday, the port’s officials noted that their I.T. systems had been disrupted by a malicious ransomware attack that took place earlier this week. However, as things stand, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are already looking into the matter— treating the case as a “severe breach”.
According to the Port’s CEO, Randa Coniglio, normal operations have already resumed and the attack is being looked into. In relation to the matter, Coniglio added:
“This is mainly an administrative issue and normal Port operations are continuing as usual,”
He also added that the cyberattack has not in any way “compromised the safety of public operations of the city’s ship and boat traffic’, nor has it leaked any sensitive customer data to the miscreants.” However, Coniglio did add that certain services related to park permits, public records requests and business services have been disrupted.
In terms of what the the attackers want, a ransom note left by the guilty party states clearly that they want a lump sum that is to be paid entirely in Bitcoin. With that being said, Port officials have not disclosed the amount that has been demanded by the attackers.
In a similar case last year, shipping giant Maersk was hit with a NotPetya virus that ended up costing them $200 Million.