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Cyber Pirates Prowling Ship Controls Threaten Another Big Shock

  • Coast Guard urges vigilance as ship systems probed ‘every day’
  • IMO guidelines haven’t done enough to protect against hacks
Hapag-Lloyd announced that it’ll become the first carrier to equip its entire fleet of containers with real-time tracking devices.

Hapag-Lloyd announced that it’ll become the first carrier to equip its entire fleet of containers with real-time tracking devices.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

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In February 2019, a large container ship sailing for New York identified a cyber intrusion on board that startled the US Coast Guard. Though the malware attack never controlled the vessel’s movement, authorities concluded that weak defenses exposed critical functions to “significant vulnerabilities.”