The Port of Barcelona was Thursday morning the target of a cyberattack that affected some of its servers and systems, forcing the organization to launch the contingency plan designed specifically for these incidents.
Details about the incident are scarce, and little is known besides the information released to the public.
The organization announced the incident on Twitter, informing that several of its servers had been impacted and that the Information Systems department was on the case, evaluating the scope of the attack and taking measures to minimize its effect.
Early this morning the #PortofBarcelona suffered a cyberattack affecting a number of its servers.— Port of Barcelona (@portofbarcelona) September 20, 2018
Our Information Systems department is gauging the extent of the attack and implementing its contingency plans for this type of situation.
The incident appears to have been nothing that the Port Authority could not handle since a later update on the matter announced that maritime operations had not affected in any way and all ships were operating within regular parameters.
Land operations such as reception and delivery, which were expected to suffer delays, also ran as usual.
Seaside operations are not been affected and all the scheduled ship calls are operating normally.— Port of Barcelona (@portofbarcelona) September 20, 2018
In terms of land operations, the reception and delivery of goods are as well developing normally.
In a twist of irony, Port of Barcelona tweeted just two days before the attack that no one is safe from a cyberattack that puts at risk the activity and security of its stakeholders.
The tweet pointed to an article identifying the key challenges that ports must face today as far as cybersecurity goes. One important point is to remove vulnerabilities before the bad guys find them; another is to head off cyber incidents by preparing protocols for each known type of cyber attack.
No one is safe from a #cyberattack that puts at risk their activity and safety and that of their stakeholders. Nor even the ports. In #PierNext we review the challenges of implementing a #cybersecurity system in a port. https://t.co/oMC345Gjv8— Port of Barcelona (@portofbarcelona) September 18, 2018
Since we do not want to speculate on the nature of the attack, we contacted Port of Barcelona today, hoping to get more details on the incident that affected some of its servers. We also wanted to learn how their contingency plan worked to preserve the normal operations, both land and maritime operation.
We have not received a reply at the time of publishing, but we will update the story as soon as we do.