Port of Houston recently issued a statement saying it had successfully defended an attempted hack in August and “no operational data or systems were impacted.”
The Port of Houston Authority (Port Houston) successfully defended itself against a cybersecurity attack in August. Port Houston followed its Facilities Security Plan in doing so, as guided under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), and no operational data or systems were impacted as a result.
…the port stated.
The port authority did not provide further details about the attempted hack. The hackers attempted to breach computer systems by exploiting a password management service called ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus, the Associated Press reported.
The incident at the port is an example of the interest that foreign spies have in surveilling key US maritime ports, and it comes as US officials are trying to fortify critical infrastructure from such intrusions.
For the records, Port of Houston is one of the country’s busiest ports, as it supports a total of $801.9 billion in economic impact throughout the country.