Cruise shipping major, Carnival Corporation was recently hit by a ransomware attack that accessed and encrypted a portion of one brand’s information technology systems.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) published a marine notice concerning the protection of operational technologies and control systems to highlight the importance of vigilance against cyber threats.
Cyber-attacks on the maritime industry’s operational technology (OT) systems have increased by 900% over the last three years with the number of reported incidents set to reach record volumes by year end, latest data by cyber security firm Naval Dome reveals.
The COVID-19 pandemic is making the maritime and offshore energy sectors more vulnerable to cyber-attack, with Naval Dome citing a 400% increase in attempted hacks since February 2020.
The COVID-19 crisis came with cyber challenges as it has already been said that cyber threats and attacks are on the rise. The UK Club informs that email scammers follow specific steps prior to their attack.
On May 9, shipping traffic at Iran’s busy Shahid Rajaee port terminal came to a sudden and inexplicable halt. Namely, the computers all crashed at once, leading to massive backups on waterways and roads.
Australian logistics company Toll Group has reported another ransomware attack adversely affecting its operations earlier in May. This is the second attack to have hit the company in three months.
A group of American seaports and maritime stakeholders joined forces and launched a new non-profit, the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC), to address cyber security issues and raise awareness on the matter.
Dryad Global is collaborating with Red Sky Alliance, conducting weekly queries of backend databases, identifying all new data containing Motor Vessel (MV) and Motor Tanker (MT) in the subject line of malicious emails.
5G technology is developing within the shipping industry with many ports installing 5G networks for improved operations. In May’s Phish and Ships issue, Be Cyber Aware At Sea discusses the challenges of cyber risk arising and the importance of 5G as one of the biggest technological advance.
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