The Port of Lisbon is under cyberattack, as it reported that criminals are threatening to release confidential port financial information unless their ransom demands are paid.
ccording to local media, the port authority confirmed that it was attacked on Christmas Day but said that it has been able to continue operations.
As the port stated to the Portuguese newspaper Publico, “all security protocols and response measures planned for this type of occurrence were quickly activated.”
The Administration of the Port of Lisbon is working permanently and closely with all the competent authorities, in order to guarantee the security of the systems and respective data
According to reports, the cyberattack was launched on December 25 taking down the port’s website and internal computer systems. The website remained offline four days later.
Cyber analysts further reported that the attack was staged using a widespread malicious software program called LockBit. The perpetrators posted statements to the “dark web” demanding a ransom of $1.5 million and setting a deadline on January 18 for the payment.
According to the hackers, they managed to capture a broad range of confidential data from the port authority. They are also claiming to possess financial reports, company audits, budgets, contracts, cargo manifests, ship logs, information about crewmembers, personal data of customers, and port documentation, along with other vital Port of Lisbon information.