Last week, Hawaii State Chief Information Officer, Todd Nacapuy, reported that the Hawaii State networks are being probed up to 45 million times a day by automated tools in the hands of hackers attempting to find vulnerabilities.
The Hawaii State Office of Enterprise Technology Services also announced that they are blocking 30 to 40 million probes in an average day, a number that has increased since last year. Sensitive data is prevented from leaving State systems up to 10 times a day, and the most common types of malicious activities reported are malware, ransomware, and denial-of-service attacks.
The State of Hawaii conducted a Persistent Adversary Detection Service (PADS) late last year to scan and assess for “signs of advanced implants” that are not generally detected by antivirus or intrusion detection systems. Although State IT officials did not disclose the results of the PADS or reveal whether or not any data has been leaked, Nacapuy has offered a closed-door briefing to members of the House Finance Committee.
Nacapuy says that he knows where the majority of these attacks appear to originate from, but he has declined to discuss this information publicly.
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser