The Port of San Diego Struggles to Recover Days After Ransomware Attack

Ransomware Strikes Port of San Diego

On September 25, 2018, the Port of San Diego in California was hit with an unknown ransomware variant.  Over the last three days, park permits, business filings, and public record requests have slowed down to a glacial pace.  In addition, the San Diego Harbor Police Department was forced to used alternative systems due since their traditional networks were left inaccessible.

Port CEO Randa Coniglio reported creating a team of industry experts at local, state and federal levels in order to lessen the impact of the attack and remediate systems to full functionality as quickly as possible.  This team has not offered up any information regarding the extent of the attack, or the total damages.

Other Ransomware Attacks

For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2018, you may click here. We have also created a map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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3 thoughts on “The Port of San Diego Struggles to Recover Days After Ransomware Attack

  1. Hey guys. I’m a 77 year old non geek by any stretch. I rely on e mail and feeble attempts to look at the internet and am so out of touch with this cyber age I get hundreds of robo phone calls offering Viagra and hard core prescription drugs and from time to time my desk top (that’s the computer on my kitchen table) gets one of those flashing messages and robo voices. I turn it off, (the computer) turn it on and punch the PC Magic icon and I’m back on line searching for what Viagra is. The very best thing is that when I send PCM a message I get a response in words even I can understand. This isn’t a PCM endorsement because I’m not qualified to compare but when a vendor responds to me directly and provides me with direct assistance and one click and/or automatic scan it meets my feeble needs.The TV commercials hit me squarely between the ears.

  2. Please folks, start air-gapped backups asap! Yes, some products can limit ransomware effects, but no one can currently stop them entirely if a qualified User clicks on the wrong thing. Don’t believe anyone (including PC Matic) if they try to convince you their software can protect you 100% of the time across all your systems and networks. Get your suspenders on so when your belt fails; you can recover quickly.

    • Backups are certainly very important. Although, using a whitelisting solution has been proven to be far more effective in preventing these cyber attacks than any other method on the market.

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