US coastal and maritime defense is at risk, warns the Coast Guard. An alert released on Monday cautions that hackers have actively been targeting the networks of commercial vessels with phishing attacks. This is not a one-time hit. In 2018, the FBI, DHS and US Coast Guard worked together on investigating a major ransomware attack on the shipping industry that started with the Port of San Diego.
The US Coast Guard issued the alert following a preliminary investigation of an attack in February “when Coast Guard investigators were called to examine reports of a cybersecurity incident aboard an international deep draft vessel bound for the Port of New York and New Jersey.” There was no major damage.