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A port is victim of a distributed denial of service attack.
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
XX August 2001 United States Port Denial of Service


The Port of Houston in Texas ranks as the world's eighth-busiest maritime facility. It manages vast quantities of cargo, notably containers, and is also involved in significant passenger movements, serving as a major hub in the maritime sector.

According to sources, the port experienced a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in August 2001, leading to potential disruptions in its operations.

While the exact operational impact remains unclear, reports indicate that a U.S. citizen was subsequently convicted in relation to this cyber event.


Port of Houston

Claimed/Reported Threat Actor



Script Kiddie

Main impact



Recommendations to Port to reduce Denial of Service risks:

  • Implement rate limiting and traffic filtering to mitigate the impact of incoming malicious traffic.
  • Check with your IT service provider that the resilience of its systems against such attack was tested.
  • Regularly monitor network traffic and set up alerting for unusual patterns or spikes.
  • Diversify your server locations and use fail-over systems to ensure service availability in case of an attack.
  • Establish an incident response plan to quickly mitigate and recover from DoS attacks.
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