Ships “easy to hack”

Voyage Data Recorders in the security spotlight.

Ships Have Black Boxes—And Apparently, They’re a Cinch to Hack

Bryan Lufkin

Voice, navigation, and radar data aboard ships are all at risk, according to an expert who claims that some devices that contain sensitive ship information just aren’t secure enough. This could be good news for pirates and spies, and bad news for the good guys.

Motherboard reports that large boats, like cruise or cargo ships, are quite susceptible to hacking. You see, the maritime equivalent of an airplane’s “black box” can be ridden with vulnerabilities, which practically invite ne’er-do-wells to spy on the vessels, slurping up all sorts of valuable information about the ships—and the countries that own them.

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