Port of San Diego ceo Randa Coniglio, said the port is 'partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security on the investigation of a serious cybersecurity incident' first reported on Sept. 25, 'that has disrupted the agency's information technology systems. The port also continues close communication and coordination with the US Coast Guard.'
The port said it was mainly an administrative issue and operations continued as normal.
Ransomware and Bitcoin
The attack came in the form of ransomware which locks down computers demanding that users pay a ransom to regain access.
'The port can also now confirm that the ransom note requested payment in Bitcoin, although the amount that was requested is not being disclosed,' Coniglio said.
'While some of the port's information technology systems were compromised by the attack, port staff also proactively shut down other systems out of an abundance of caution,' she added.
The port runs cargo and cruise terminals, as well as managing hotels, restaurants, marinas and museums.