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28 June 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 08:56 GMT+2

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Cyber attack on the System Authority website Port of the Western Ligurian Sea

Merlo (Federlogistica-Conftrasporto) denounces: our competent dicastery does not move

The website of the Port System Authority of the Western Ligurian Sea, the body that governs the ports of Genoa and Savona-Vado Ligure, was the subject of an attack computer science, an action that the AdSP recalled to have been announced by the pro-Russian collective Killnet. A cyber attack, the one towards the web platform of the port authority Ligurian. certainly not of an advanced type, but for many years effective for exhaust the resources of a computer system and then make it almost useless. The port authority, in fact, has explained that since yesterday morning the defense systems of AdSP and Liguria Digitale have detected anomalous traffic peaks. Technically - confirmed the body - these are type attacks DDoS, which generate a disproportionate number of simultaneous accesses to websites with the aim of causing congestion and consequent service interruption.

The port authority has announced that at the moment the services are active and no data compromises and a team of technicians is constantly engaged, in close collaboration with the Postal Police, to integrate the activities of automatic monitoring with ad hoc interventions, in order to counter attacks and avoid disruptions.

Commenting on this new cyber attack, the president of Federlogistica-Conftrasporto, Luigi Merlo, reiterated the need greater commitment on the part of the institutions to counter this threat. Highlighting that an escalation is taking place of hacker attacks, including against activities maritime and in particular the ports, Merlo denounced that "of in the face of this real danger and an increasing number relevant port system authorities, including those of Genoa and Savona and that of Venice, as well as some terminal, target of hacker offensives, the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility continues to behave as if nothing is happening and dedicate himself, in a way monothematic, to the legitimate and certainly important theme of the sustainability». "While the main ports Europeans - underlined the president of Federlogistica-Conftrasporto - have been inserted by the respective Governments in the NIS (Network and Information Security) Directive on our competent dicastery does not move and the Authorities of Port System, which they would immediately need to arrange of a cyber manager, they are forced to navigate on sight». "We react to an offensive projected towards the future - he concluded Merlo - with advanced means and technology with timing, will and nineteenth-century methodologies, forgetting once more that the challenge of competitiveness, in ports as in the whole Country, you play and win not only on material infrastructure, but also and, perhaps, especially on digitization».

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