Congress Seen As Failing To Prioritize Maritime Cyber Risks

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) routinely responds to cybersecurity breaches on ships at the same time lawmakers are failing to devote the attention and resources needed to help lessen the threat, according to government officials.

“The problems are very severe,” said John Garamendi, a Democratic congressman from California, speaking on a panel on “Securing Maritime Commerce” at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. this week.

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Norsk Hydro cyber attack highlights hacking threat to maritime companies warns Nor-Shipping

This week’s ransomware cyber attack on Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminium producers, is a clear demonstration of the growing threat facing firms within the maritime and ocean industries, says Per Martin Tanggaard, Director of Nor-Shipping.

Norsk Hydro computer systems were initially hit by the comparatively new LockerGoga virus on Monday. It then spread through the firm’s network encrypting files. As a result the company, which employs some 36,000 people in 40 countries, was forced to halt production in several plants, switching to increased manual operations to bypass problems connecting to its production systems. LockerGoga works by demanding payment for the decryption of infected files.

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