Maritime Cyber Risks Blog

Welcome to F5 Labs' third annual report on phishing and fraud. Once again, we're bringing you data from our partner Webroot® as well as the F5 Security Operations Center.

During World War II, British civilians were warned that "loose lips sink ships," meaning people should be careful about what they say wherever they go, because the enemy could be listening. Being wary of what you communicate in case it falls upon the wrong ears is a basic information security principle that well predates modern computers.

Maritime cyber security, it is a problem which despite getting increasing attention, is still a major cause for concern. The sheer scale of the issue was highlighted in a high-profile new report, in which the costs and potential impacts on reputation and ability to operate are highlighted.

ENISA, the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity publishes "Good practices for Cybersecurity in the Maritime Sector - Port Security", a report providing guidance for ports to strengthen their cybersecurity.

As of October 2019, to the best of my knowledge, there has not been a single, dedicated hacking attack against a vessel at sea by malicious actors. While there have been rumors - specifically one from an American telco provider in 2016 - that hackers have teamed up with pirates to track high value cargoes, there has been no firm evidence....

Organizations across all industries, including government agencies, are facing a surge of ransomware attacks launched by cybercriminals. New types of ransomware principally causing this surge have the potential to cause significantly more business disruption and difficulty restoring computer data and networks. Attackers are also often demanding...