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 submarine cable, adding that the hackers were trying to target “infrastructure on Oahu.”

The cable connects Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean with critical telecommunications, including the Internet and cell phones.

HSI said its agents, based on a tip from their mainland counterparts, were able to disrupt a “significant breach of the services of a private company” related to the submarine cable last week.

Agents worked to prevent further unauthorized access.

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

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 just one of many examples of cyber incidents HSI has responded to in Hawaii and the Pacific,” Special Agent in Charge John F. Tobon said in a press release.

“Not only are we aggressively pursuing these bad actors, but we are also providing significant support to the victims of the private sector.”

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