Two major international ports fell victim to cyber-attacks within the span of a week, putting the shipping industry on alert for a possible threat actor targeting the entire sector.
The first to fall was the Port of Barcelona, Spain, on September 20, last week. The second attack was reported yesterday, September 25, by the Port of San Diego, in the United States.
None of the two port authorities revealed any details about the nature of the cyber-attacks, leaving security experts to speculate about possible causes.
The cyber-attack on the Port of Barcelona did not affect ship movements in and out of the harbor, and a local newspaper reported that it impacted only land operations, such as loading or unloading of boats, although the Port denied there was a serious disruption to customers.