Report: Maritime Cyberattacks Have Quadrupled Since February

The British Ports Association and the UK-based risk management firm Astaara have released a new study on the wave of cyberattacks seen by maritime stakeholders over the past four months.

In one high profile attack in May, computer systems at Iran’s Shahid Rajaee port facility at Bandar Abbas, creating traffic jams and serious operational disruption. Astaara believes that the attack came in direct response to a failed Iranian cyberattack on an Israeli water facility in April. (Iran has denied any involvement in the earlier incident.) U.S. officials told the Washington Post that Israeli forces orchestrated the retaliatory hack on Shahid Rajaee.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

Report: Maritime Cyberattacks Up by 400 Percent

Cybersecurity consultancy Naval Dome has reported a 400 percent increase in attempted hacks since February 2020. The primary cause is an increase in malware, ransomware and phishing emails attempting to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic, but Naval Dome says that global travel restrictions, social distancing measures and the economic recession are beginning to cut into companies’ self-defense capabilities.

In addition, since OEM technicians have a harder time traveling to service systems on board ships and rigs, they are increasingly making “remote” service calls that require the operator to bypass security protections – creating an opening for a cyberattack.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

U.S. Maritime Stakeholders Launch Cyber Threat Clearinghouse

A group of American seaports and maritime stakeholders have decided to address cybersecurity threats by launching a new non-profit, the Maritime Transportation System Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MTS-ISAC).

The new organization’s objective is to promote cybersecurity information sharing throughout the maritime community. A group of leaders from seaports, shipowners and terminal operators recognized the need to improve their own cybersecurity resiliency, and since resources are limited, they realized the best approach was to work with their peers to identify, protect against, and detect cyber threats. Information sharing and analysis efforts will focus on threats to both information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems, which stakeholders can use to prevent or minimize potential cyber incidents.

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Source: maritime-executive.com

Iran reports failed cyber-attack on Strait of Hormuz port

Iranian officials said hackers infiltrated and damaged a small number of computers at the port of Shahid Rajaei in the city of Bandar Abbas.

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Iranian officials said on Sunday that hackers damaged a small number of computers in a failed cyber-attack against the port of Bandar Abbas, the country’s largest port in the Strait of Hormuz.

Details about the cyber-attack’s nature remain unknown.

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Source: zdnet.com

Cyber security concerns for autonomous and remotely controlled systems

Cyber security is highly relevant to a raft of autonomous and remotely controlled systems in the offshore energy sector, writes International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) technical adviser, competence and training, remote systems and ROV Andre Rose

Among these systems are marine autonomous surface systems (MASS), unmanned surface vessels (USVs), remotely operated vessels (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vessels (AUVs) able to operate from remote control centres often referred to as unmanned underwater systems (UUVs); and to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) commonly known as drones.

As information technology (IT) has advanced, the opportunity for cyber crime has also increased. Technological advances now make USVs commonplace with many of these small craft (< 5 m) already in use for survey operations. Future larger systems will have varying levels of autonomy ranging from remotely controlled vessels operated from a shoreside RCC to, eventually, fully autonomous vessels.

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Source: rivieramm.com

New customised cyber insurance product for shipowners

Ben Abraham

Willis Towers Watson, a global advisory, broking and solutions company, has unveiled a new type of cyber insurance product for shipowners that re-designs standard cyber policies to better navigate the risks for ship operators in the digital era.

The solution, CyNav, addresses cyber threats in the broadest sense, including losses that occur from cyber-related business interruptions, even when the cyber events originate with third party IT service providers.

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Source: seatrade-maritime.com

MSC confirms malware attack caused website outage

Marcus Hand

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has confirmed that a malware attack caused a data centre outage which led to its main customer facing websites being down for several days.

The outage at its headquarters in Geneva led to MSC.com and myMSC being offline over the Easter weekend and only back in service on Wednesday.

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Source: seatrade-maritime.com

Cyber attack may be cause of network failure

A container shipping company hit by a network outage cannot yet rule out a cyber attack.

The network outage issue affecting Mediterranean Shipping Company’s msc.com website was reported on 10 April on the MSC Cargo Twitter account. The website is currently inaccessible with a message on the homepage notifying users that extended maintenance is taking place.

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Source: portstrategy.com

US Coast Guard protests GPS disruption to UN body: ‘urgent issue’

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Responding to a plea from 14 maritime organizations in the fall of 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard has protested disruption of GPS and GNSS signals to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

IMO is the United Nations body that coordinates and sets standards for international maritime operations and safety.

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Source: gpsworld.com

Weekly report details growing number of shipping companies targeted by malware attacks

Sam Chambers

Cyber consultants Red Sky Alliance with maritime security specialists Dryad Global have started publishing a weekly list of names of ships appearing in malicious emails with hackers increasingly targeting this niche with malware or phishing links.

The weekly reports come at a time where maritime organisations are coming under increasingly sophisticated attacks with the charity, International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network, becoming the latest organisation to suffer at the hands of hackers, reporting today emails are being sent out with subject lines asking for your opinion on seafarers’ welfare and a malware link contained in the email.

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Source: splash247.com