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United States – Port of Kennewick

Exploit: Ransomware
Port of Kennewick: Municipal Agency 

Risk to Small Business: 2.322 = Severe

Ransomware severely impacted operations at this inland port in Washington. Cybercriminals encrypted the port’s systems and demanded $200,000 in ransom to restore access to the port’s servers and files. The port authority, FBI, and an outside contractor have been working to restore full operations.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Ransomware is a huge threat to infrastructure targets as well as businesses, and nation-state actors are most likely to use ransomware in their attacks.