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A port is victim of a viral attack causing Denial of Service.
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
7 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 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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