Trump officials hint at update for US maritime cybersecurity

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Shannon Vavra Sep 22, 2020 | CYBERSCOOP

The White House hopes to update U.S. governments approach to its maritime cybersecurity strategy in coming months, according to two senior administration officials.

The Trump administrations priorities are to enhance and secure the United States ability to project power at sea and defend against adversarial cyberattacks, two senior administration officials told reporters during a call Tuesday. The plan involves re-examining the national approach to information sharing and better emphasizing the use of operational technologies in ports, according to one senior administration official.

The two officials on the call declined to reveal any specific information about the administrations plans, saying more information would soon become available. But hackers have long targeted shipping firms and the maritime supply chain to steal data involving the U.S. government or interrupt cargo operations. Hackers using a strain of ransomware known as Ryuk compromised computer networks at a maritime transportation facility last year, disrupting operations for 30 hours, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Nation-state hackers also have targeted Americans aboard maritime vessels to trick them into revealing their location or activities.

More recently, the Trump administration has been concerned about a ransomware attack targeting a shipping company, which affected....

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