LA hit by 20m+ cyber intrusion attempts a month

The US’ busiest port, the Port of Los Angeles (pictured), experiences more than 20m cyber intrusion attempts each month Photo: Eric Garcetti/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The US’ busiest port, the Port of Los Angeles (pictured), experiences more than 20m cyber intrusion attempts each month Photo: Eric Garcetti/flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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The US’ busiest port, the Port of Los Angeles, experiences more than 20m cyber intrusion attempts each month.

That’s according to a letter from a bipartisan group of US congressional representatives to federal budget negotiators regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), which requests that its funding is provided at a level no less than $100m.

This is equal to FY17 funding and the FY18 level approved by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriations, the letter stated.

In the communication, addressed to US politicians including Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, the signatories said that PSGP “is a vital tool and funding source that supports security needs at our nation’s 361 maritime ports”.

“Since 9/11, the PSGP has been instrumental in enabling ports and terminal operators to respond to a variety of rapidly changing threats, both cyber and physical,” the letter, signed by representatives including Nanette Diaz Barragán, Ted Poe and Alan S. Lowenthal.

The document also said that the grant scheme had been a vital funding source for ports to toughen up cyber defences, and at a time where threats from terrorism, cybercrime and dangerous materials remained great, US ports could not be forgotten about.

Concluding, the letters’ signatories said: “International trade through maritime ports accounts for over a quarter of US GDP.

“In order to compete in the international marketplace, our facilities and infrastructure needs to be maintained at the highest level with continued federal investment.”

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