What is happening: The port of San Diego has been hit with a ransomware attack. The port itself is still open, as the cyberattack was more directed at the admin side. Permits, public records requests and business services have been affected. The attackers asked for an unknown amount of money in Bitcoin.
The Port of San Diego said in a statement that staff shut down other systems, just in case the attackers decided to target them next. The FBI and Homeland Security are investigating.
What is ransomware: Ransomware is a form of malware, which is basically malicious code that allows attackers to perform activities on victim systems. Cybercriminals will hack into a system, encrypt various files, photos and images, before demanding a ransom from the victim.
Other attacks: The San Diego attack followed a similar attack of the Port of Barcelona in Spain. Atlanta were also targeted earlier this year as the city were shut-out from its website, bill paying, and years worth of police dashcam video.