Maritime cyber threats

Is the industry ready for evolving attack vectors?

The state of affairs: is shipping still unprepared for cyberattacks?

By Eva Grey

Cybersecurity in shipping is a hot topic. But at the same time, there is also a lot of inaction on the part of industry insiders, in spite of repeated warnings.

In June, a team of ethical breakers at Pen Test Partners (PTP) held a mock attack on a vessel, and found three different ways to intercept and modify serial data – which controls steering, engine control and more – on a ship’s network. The team proved that dedicated hackers could compromise security to such a degree that they could change the direction the ship was travelling in.

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