Massachusetts Ferry Operator Pwned By Ransomware

It seems that this is yet another day where the pwnage of companies is front and center in the news. This time, a ransomware attack has caused delays and disruptions at Steamship Authority, the largest ferry service in Massachusetts, and has disrupted ferry transports between mainland US and the Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands.

The attack took place earlier today, according to a series of tweets posted on the company’s official Twitter account. Steamship Authority said the incident impacted its land-based IT systems and that ships are not impacted. “There is no impact to the safety of vessel operations, as the issue does not affect radar or GPS functionality,” a Steamship Authority spokesperson said.

“Scheduled trips to both islands continue to operate, although customers may experience some delays during the ticketing process. Customers are currently unable to book or change vehicle reservations online or by phone. Existing vehicle reservations will be honored at Authority terminals, and rescheduling and cancellation fees will be waived,” it added. The company has asked

I am guessing that as a result, a lot of rich people are seriously ticked off as a result. Maybe they should demand that this ferry company up their IT security game so that they aren’t inconvenienced. Just a thought.

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