27Jun

Hahn Releases Statement on Cyberattack on Maersk Shipping

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Supervisor Janice Hahn released the following statement after operations at the Port of LA’s APM Terminal were suspended following a cyberattack on Maersk operations in Europe.  Supervisor Hahn has also written a letter to members of the Congressional PORTS Caucus to urge them to reexamine our nation’s port cyber security vulnerabilities.

“When I was in Congress, I authored legislation to conduct an assessment of the cybersecurity of the nation’s top ten busiest ports. Today’s cyberattack on Maersk that has shut down the APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles underscores the ongoing risk and incredible economic damage that could be caused by a cyberattack at one of our ports.  This attack should serve as a wake-up call.

The report that resulted from my legislation requires security clearance to view but I encourage members of the Congressional PORTS Caucus to study this analysis and take steps to secure our ports in the new age of cyberattacks.”

 

The following letter will be sent to members of the Congressional PORTS Caucus:

Dear Members of the Congressional Ports Caucus,

When I served alongside many of you in Congress, I authored legislation to conduct an assessment of the cybersecurity of the nation’s top ten busiest ports. The recent cyberattack on Maersk that temporarily shut down the APM Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles underscores the ongoing risk and incredible economic damage that could be caused by a cyberattack at one of our ports.  This attack should serve as a wake-up call.

As members of the Congressional PORTS Caucus, I know that you understand the widespread economic harm that could be wreaked by a serious cyberattack on one of our nation’s ports.  Even a minor attack could disrupt goods movement and a major attack could shut down ports nationwide, potentially halting commerce and sending shockwaves through the national and international economy.

The report that resulted from my legislation requires security clearance to view but I encourage members of the Congressional PORTS Caucus to study this analysis and take steps to secure our ports in the new age of cyberattacks.

I appreciate the dedication of the PORTS Caucus to keeping our ports strong, productive, and secure, as well as the ongoing leadership of PORTS Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Ted Poe and my successor Congressman Alan Lowenthal in the months since my departure from Congress.  I look forward to continuing to work with you and all of the members of the PORTS Caucus in my capacity as Los Angeles County Supervisor.

Sincerely,

Janice Hahn

Los Angeles County Supervisor