Ransomware attack hits ferry to Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard
A Steamship Authority ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard is pictured in Woods Hole, MA.
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WASHINGTON – The Steamship Authority of Massachusetts ferry service was the victim of a ransomware attack on Wednesday, the latest cyberattack to affect logistics and services in the United States.
The Steamship Authority is the largest ferry service offering daily fares from Cape Cod to neighboring Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard islands off the coast of Massachusetts, according to the company’s website.
“The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority were the targets of a ransomware attack affecting operations Wednesday morning,” the company wrote in a statement, adding that customers could experience delays.
A “team of IT professionals” are investigating the impact of the cyberattack, according to the company.
The attack comes as summer tourists begin to flock to Massachusetts vacation spots.
The Steamship Authority did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Ransomware attacks involve malware that encrypts files on a device or network, rendering the system unusable. The criminals behind these types of cyber attacks usually demand a ransom in exchange for disclosing data.
Ransomware attack on ferry service comes on the heels of a Sunday cyberattack against JBS in Brazil, the world’s largest meat packer. The breach disrupted meat production in North America and Australia raising concerns about rising meat prices.
On Tuesday, the company said it had made “significant progress in resolving the cyberattack” and that the “vast majority” of beef, pork, poultry and prepared foods factories would resume operations from here. Wednesday, according to a statement.
The White House said on Tuesday that the ransomware attack on JBS would come from a criminal organization likely based in Russia.
Last month a cyber criminal group known as DarkSide, hit the chinstrap of US oil pipelines with a massive ransomware attack.
The cyberattack forced the company to shut down approximately 5,500 miles of pipeline, disrupting nearly half of the east coast’s fuel supply and causing gasoline shortages in the southeast.
Colonial pipeline paid the ransom to the pirates a source close to the situation confirmed to CNBC.