Federal agents disrupted cyberattack targeting phone, internet infrastructure on Oahu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Homeland Security Investigations says it was able to disrupt a cyberattack of a critical undersea cable, adding the hackers sought to target “infrastructure on Oahu.”

The cable links Hawaii and Pacific to critical telecommunications, including internet and cell phones.

HSI said its agents, based on a tip from their counterparts on the mainland, were able to disrupt last week a “significant breach involving a private company’s services” associated with the undersea cable.

Agents worked to prevent any further unauthorized access.

There was no damage to the telecom infrastructure and there is no immediate threat now.

However, HSI said it was able to identify an international hacking group as responsible for the attack. HSI agents and international law enforcement partners in several countries were able to make an arrest.

No further information will be released, pending prosecution.

“This is only one of the many examples of cyber incidents that HSI has responded to in Hawaii and the Pacific Region,” says Special Agent in Charge John F. Tobon, in a news release.

“Not only do we aggressively pursue these bad actors, but we also provide significant support to the private sector victims.”

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