Ransomware Attack Cripples Systems of Inland Port in Washington State
Posted November 19, 2020
- The Port of Kennewick, Washington reports that it is the latest target to suffer a crippling cyber-attack. The small port region far up the Columbia River and more than 180 miles southeast of the Port of Seattle demonstrates the indiscriminate nature of cybercrime.
- The cyber-criminals placed an encryption lock on the port’s server and demanded $200,000 in ransom to restore access to the port’s servers and files.
- The port, following the direction of the FBI and its technology professionals, has determined not to pay a ransom. “It would be using public funds and there is no guarantee an encryption key would be received after payment,” the port said in its statement.
- They are rebuilding the port’s digital files from offline backups and working to restore the port’s email server, which is currently offline.
| November 19, 2020