Pirates are using information technology to target ships and specific cargoes, a new report from Verizon has revealed.
The tech company was employed by a shipowner to look into a piracy incident – what they unearthed was sophisticated hacking.
“Rather than spending days holding boats and their crew hostage while they rummaged through the cargo, these pirates began to attack shipping vessels in an extremely targeted and timely fashion,” the report said. “Specifically, they would board a shipping vessel, force the crew into one area and within a short amount of time they would depart.”
The pirates targeted specific high value containers, located by bar codes. “Fast, clean and easy,” the report stated.
Verizon then helped the shipping company shut down servers the pirates had compromised and to build a security plan.
The report can be accessed here, with details of the shipping incident on page 55.