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Top US port hit by cyberattack, 'nation-state actor' suspected
Sep 23, 2021 | FOX Business
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The Port of Houston thwarted an attempted cyberattack last month, officials from the facility confirmed on Thursday.

"The Port of Houston Authority (Port Houston) successfully defended itself against a cybersecurity attack in August," port officials said in a statement. "Port Houston followed its Facilities Security Plan in doing so, as guided under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), and no operational data or systems were impacted as a result."

The port authority did not provide further details about the attempted hack. The hackers attempted to breach computer systems by exploiting a password management service called ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus, the Associated Press reported.

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Earlier Thursday, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly disclosed the attempted hack during a Senate committee hearing and said authorities suspected a "nation-state actor" was responsible. Easterly did not say which country was suspected.

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