HONOLULU (KITV4) — A plan by cyber criminals to interrupt Oahu’s telecommunications infrastructure has been shut down.
Cyber criminals were targeting an underwater fiber optic cable line to Hawaii supporting internet service, maintained by a private company. Authorities say an international hacking ring targeted a cable line with the intent to disrupt service.
An arrest was made overseas, though homeland security has not yet revealed if the criminals were asking for a ransom or not.
“We have a lot of state sponsored groups that are also hacking and their main purpose is to disrupt our day to day life and our operations. So not necessarily to make money, but just to wreck havoc on our life,” John F. Tobin of the Department of Homeland Security told KITV news.
Attila Seress of Cylanda Cybersecurity says instances of online cyber criminal activity has been sky rocketing.
“We started seeing an uptick in the number of cyber incidents starting in December of last year, and since then we have seen it go up over 3 thousand per cent,” Seress said.