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A port is victim of a viral attack causing Denial of Service.
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
07 March 2017 Canada Port Denial of Service


According to the source, an unprecised computer system of the port faced a Denial of Service (DoS) attack during a meeting.

The source of the infection led to a guest's computer that connected to the port’s Wi-Fi, unintentionally triggering the attack due to a virus which was present on his computer.

The same article underlines the fact that the port faces numerous DoS attacks each week.


Port of Vancouver

Claimed/Reported Threat Actor



Human error

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 failover 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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