A cybersecurity incident at the Port of San Diego was first announced on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, but CEO Randa Coniglio announced on September 27, 2018, that the event was actually a ransomware attack on the port, which oversees more than 34 miles of coastline along San Diego Bay.
The port remains open, but the attack has disrupted the agency’s information technology systems. According to the press release, the port is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the investigation and remains in close communication and coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Normal port operations continued despite the attack on the network systems. “Public safety operations are ongoing, and ships and boats continue to access the bay without impacts from the cybersecurity incident. 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,” Coniglio continued.