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San Diego port directed ransomware attacks

File photo – a view of the Centre of the Skyline of San Diego, California on Sunday, 15 March 2015.

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Hackers have aimed at the Port of San Diego in a ransomware attack that disrupted the agency’s IT systems.

Officials are working with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to investigate what is described as a “serious cybersecurity incident.”

“It is important to note that this is primarily an administrative matter and the normal port operations are continuing as usual,” said Port of San Diego CEO Randa Coniglio, in a statement Thursday.

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The Port remains open, the public security operations are ongoing, and ships and boats continue to get access to the Bay of San Diego and without any impact of the incident, she explained.

The attack was first reported Tuesday. “While some of the Port information technology systems that were affected by the attack, the Port staff is proactive in shutting down of other systems out of an abundance of caution,” Coniglio said. “The Port has mobilized a team of experts from the industry and the local, regional, provincial and federal partners to minimize impacts and restore system functionality. The temporary effects on services to the public in the areas of the park licences, public registers of applications and business services.”

In ransomware attacks, hackers often attempt to encode a computer network data to keep, ‘hostage’, provides a digital decryption key to unlock it for a certain price.

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On Thursday, the Port confirmed received a ransom note requesting payment in Bitcoin, but it is not providing the requested amount.

The incident is the latest in a series of ransomware attacks against AMERICAN targets.

An Alaskan borough, for example, had to dust off the typewriter after a major ransomware attacks.

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Earlier this year, the City of Atlanta was focused on a ransomware attacks that have affected a number of its systems. A virulent form of ransomware known as SamSam was used against the City.

Last year, a major ransomware attacks forced the shut down of a host of IT systems in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

Also in 2017, a hacker targeted Sacramento Regional Transit, the removal of 30 million files in a ransomware attack. Officials worked to restore the data from backup files.

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In 2016, a Los Angeles hospital paid a ransom of nearly $17,000 in bitcoins to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network.

Against this background, the organisation must understand the ransomware threat, according to Barry Shteiman, VP of research and innovation in the field of cyber security specialist Exabeam.

“To detect ransomware early enough to stop it, cybersecurity teams need to understand the business models used by the ransomware network operators, as well as understanding the kill chain of a ransomware attack, and how to detect and disrupt ransomware in business environments,” he said in a statement by e-mail to Fox News Thursday. “Armed with this information, analysts must be able to react faster in the unfortunate event that their organization is hit with a ransomware infection.”

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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