Cyber-attacks doubled at Los Angeles Post since pandemic

Since the beginning of the Covid epidemic, cyberattacks on one of the busiest ports in the world have almost doubled.

According to the port’s executive director Gene Seroka, there are currently about 40 million monthly attacks directed towards the Port of Los Angeles.

The port of Los Angeles, which handles more than $250 billion (£210 billion) in cargo annually, is the busiest in the western hemisphere.

According to Seroka, the threats, which attempt to harm the US economy, are thought to originate mostly from Europe and Russia.

“According to our intelligence, Russia and several regions of Europe are the sources of the threats. We must stay one step ahead of those seeking to harm global trade “He informed the press.

The annual movement of billions of dollars’ worth of products via ports makes them a special target for cybercriminals.

They deal with ransomware, malware, spear phishing, and credential harvesting assaults every day, which are intended to cause as much havoc and slow down economies as possible.

To stop attacks and boost cyber security, the Port of Los Angeles is now collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s cybercrime unit.

The port has made significant investments in cyber security, creating one of the first Cyber Resilience Centers in the world that is a division of the FBI.

Mr. Seroka stated that in order to prevent cyberattacks, especially those that can endanger or obstruct the flow of cargo, every care must be taken.

Within the maritime supply chain, the Cyber Resilience Centre offers improved intelligence gathering and heightened protection against cyber-threats.

It serves as a center for the port’s information gathering, analysis, and dissemination to dockside businesses like cargo handlers and shipping lines.

Global supply chains slowed down during the pandemic as lockdowns drove employees to stay at home and closed factories.

According to Seroka, the pressure on supply networks has since subsided. 109 container ships were waiting in line to enter the Port of Los Angeles in January 2022 for more than two days. There are currently about 20 waiting to dock.

But according to Seroka, the obstructions won’t totally disappear until 2023. There isn’t enough room for all the cargo that is arriving, he remarked.

“The crucial role ports play in our country’s critical infrastructure, supply lines, and economy has been demonstrated during the last two years. We must maintain the systems’ highest level of security” he Added.

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