SeaIntel: Container industry can expect more cyber-attacks

Hacker attacks like the one recently discovered in the Antwerp container terminal will become more common in the future, and larger terrorist attacks could be underway, warns SeaIntel.

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In its latest analysis SeaIntel draws a somewhat bleak picture of the container industry's security in terms of avoiding cyber-attacks like the one recently discovered in the Antwerp container port. Here a group of hackers had full access to and control of the container traffic in and out of the port for two years.

According to SeaIntel the Antwerp attack could be the first of many in the container industry, and the analyst warns against increased illegal activity as well as the fact that terrorism could be a problem in the terminals. As such, both shipowners and terminal operators should prepare for the increasing pressure they face from cyber-criminals going forward, concludes SeaIntel.

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