Report claims hackers could block key global trade routes

Maritime research company Thetius, maritime cyber risk management specialist CyberOwl and law firm Holman Fenwick Willan have released a report titled “The Great Disconnect”. In it, they claim that it is possible for hackers to break into a ship’s navigation system and wreak havoc as the ship passes through major choke points.

The report stated, “Whether by spoofing GPS or hijacking a ship’s control system, a nation-state’s ability to manipulate the movement of maritime vessels can cause billions of dollars in disruption, shock the global supply chain, increase the cost of goods, and even cause international conflict.

Although the grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal was not caused by a cyberattack, it is an example of the fallout from such an event. The disaster is estimated to have cost the global economy between US$6 billion and US$10 billion per day.

The report’s authors said: “Whether by spoofing GPS or hijacking a ship’s control system, a nation-state’s ability to manipulate the movement of maritime vessels can cause billions of dollars in disruption. , shock the global supply chain, increase the cost of goods, or even cause international disputes. Fortunately, direct attacks by nation states are rare; the industry is much more susceptible to an attack from an unwitting insider.

Source: container-news.com

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