KENNEWICK, WA – The Port of Kennewick has stated it was victimized by a ransomware attack.
“Cyber-criminals circumvented our systems, placed an extremely sophisticated encryption lock on the port’s server, and demanded $200,000 in ransom to restore access to the port’s servers and files. This was a differentiated cyber-attack with sophisticated, military-grade encryption focused on locking the port’s servers and holding those servers hostage to leverage a ransom.” – Port Technology Officer
The Port’s technology contractor reported that they are confident no individual data has been compromised as the virus focused on locking the port servers instead of accessing data or information located within those servers.
The port, following direction from the FBI and our technology professionals, will not pay a ransom as it would be using public funds and there is no guarantee an encryption key would be received after payment.