Maritime Security: Voyage Data Recorders Found Vulnerable to Hacking

Researchers with the security firm IOActive have found that ships' Voyage Data Recorders (VDRs) are vulnerable to hacking and attacks. VDRs, required for ships over 3,000 gross tons under international law, are the equivalent of 'black boxes' on aircraft, recording crucial data such as radar images, position, speed and bring audio, among other data. The data contained within … [Read more...]

The website of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy was targeted Monday by a group of hackers identifying themselves as the Moroccan Islamic Union-mail. The attack was first noticed Monday afternoon at about 1:30 p.m. when visitors to the school's webmail were redirected to a website run by Islamic extremists, according to a statement from the school's President, Rear Admiral … [Read more...]

All At Sea: Global Shipping Fleet Exposed To Hacking Threat

By Jeremy Wagstaff SINGAPORE, April 24 (Reuters) - The next hacker playground: the open seas - and the oil tankers and container vessels that ship 90 percent of the goods moved around the planet. In this internet age, as more devices are hooked up online, so they become more vulnerable to attack. As industries like maritime and energy connect ships, containers and rigs to … [Read more...]