The Port of Houston, an important port on the Gulf Coast, “successfully defended itself” against a cyberattack attempt last month, it said in a news release thursday.
state of play: Jane Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency previously told a Senate panel Regarding the attack on Thursday morning, he said he believed a “nation-state actor” was behind it.
- “We are working closely with our inter-agency partners and the intelligence community to better understand this threat actor to ensure that we are better able to protect not only systems, but ultimately these actors.” accountable,” Easterly said.
The port said that “no operational data or systems were affected” in the attack.
description: The hack involved the password management program ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus, according to AP. CISA, along with the FBI and Coast Guard, warned last week about a vulnerability in the system that was likely to be exploited by cyber actors.
why it matters: Defending America against cyberattacks and cybercrime has been a major priority for the Biden administration.
- The president first took office in the wake of a widespread SolarWinds breach, for which the US has blamed Russia. Since then, ransomware attacks have briefly disabled a major US pipeline and a large meat distributor.