Cyber protection tool for navigational computers

Dubai, UAE, headquartered Elcome International, one of the world’s largest distributors of nautical charts and publications, has created a new secure tool to prevent viruses, malware or corrupted files from being introduced into ships’ navigational computers.

Elcome Bridge Protect provides a simple and cost-efficient method of ensuring safe transfer of files without the need for passwords or fingerprint checks. The package includes a special protected USB 3.0 flash drive and custom client...

Claims of ransomware attacks on factoring firm eCapital shrouded in mystery

An illustration of four skeleton figures in front of computers representing hackers for an article about a ransomware attack

Two ransomware gangs have separately claimed they attacked and stole data from freight factoring provider eCapital, raising the question of whether the firm got hacked twice.

The answer isn’t so clear. 

An eCapital spokesperson initially said the company had “recently sustained a sophisticated cybersecurity incident” after FreightWaves inquired about an attack announced by the Lorenz group on the dark web in late July. 

“Due to our pre-existing security measures, we were equipped with sufficient...

Naval Dome Concludes Cyber Security Project Aboard Deepwater Drilling Rigs

offshore oil and gas drillship in the open sea at sunset

Cyber defence expert Naval Dome and the offshore division of a supermajor have completed a joint project to identify and mitigate cyber risks common to offshore deepwater drilling rigs.

Findings from the two-year project, culminating in the installation and pilot testing of Naval Dome’s Endpoint cyber defence system aboard drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, indicate that the minimum industry guidelines, regulations and security techniques are out of step with current platform technology,...

Did hackers pull off a maritime ‘Colonial Pipeline 2.0’?

An aerial view of the Port of Las Palmas, which includes Petrologis Canarias, a company targeted in a ransomware attack.

When the LockBit ransomware gang announced it had hit maritime fuel provider Petrologis Canarias earlier this month, the hackers proclaimed the cyberattack “Colonial Pipeline 2.0” with an added wink emoji.

Unfortunately for the hackers, it could never have lived up to the massive disruption of the U.S. fuel supply after the ransomware attack on Colonial. Based in Spain’s Canary Islands, their victim has 73,500 cubic meters, or 19.4 million gallons, used for bunkering — the refueling of vessels....

Cold Chain Summit: Why hackers see cold storage as ‘prime target’

A still image of Kurt George of Property Damage Appraisers discussing how ransomware attacks can impact cold storage facilities.

This fireside chat recap is from FreightWaves’ Cold Chain Summit.

FIRESIDE CHAT TOPIC: When cyberattacks hit cold storage facilities 

DETAILS: Hackers have left few industries unscathed as ransomware attacks hit companies across the world. Cold storage giant Americold saw its operations disrupted in November after such an attack. Americold isn’t alone. Cold storage providers represent an attractive target for hackers because of the high cost of a systems outage, particularly if it affects the...

Ψηφιοποίηση στη ναυτιλία: Ευχή ή κατάρα;

Ραγδαία είναι η αύξηση που έχει παρατηρηθεί σε κυβερνοεπιθέσεις τα τελευταία χρόνια. Η ναυτιλία δεν αποτελεί εξαίρεση στην τάση αυτή, καθώς τον τελευταίο χρόνο έχουν καταγραφεί αρκετά περιστατικά αυτής της φύσεως, με πιο χαρακτηριστική κυβερνοεπίθεση εκείνη που έπληξε τον Διεθνή Ναυτιλιακό Οργανισμό (IMO) στις 30 Σεπτεμβρίου 2020.

Ωστόσο, ο IMO δεν ήταν ούτε το πρώτο θύμα ούτε το τελευταίο. Λίγες ημέρες νωρίτερα, ο γαλλικός κολοσσός CMA CGM είχε πληγεί επίσης, περίπου 45 ημέρες αφότου...

Cyberthieves say they have ‘moral principles’

An illustration of a bulgar wearing a striped shirt using a vacuum to pull data from a computer, illustrating an article about cyberthieves who steal data.

They openly admit to hacking companies’ IT systems, stealing their sensitive data, and leaking it and putting it up for sale if they aren’t paid. But there are some red lines that the operators of the Marketo stolen-data marketplace say they won’t cross.

They claim they don’t do ransomware — that they neither conduct the attacks, which encrypt victims’ data, nor benefit from data harvested in attacks by others.

“We don’t have the goal of destroying other people’s businesses,” the group told...

Scams endure even as COVID retreats

As most readers know all too well, scammers actively look to take advantage of any unfortunate situation in order to make a quick buck. This was especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, when businesses found themselves needing to acquire personal protective equipment, otherwise known as PPE, for their employees only to be conned, losing their money to bad actors and still without the desperately needed supplies. Even at TCA, we regularly find ourselves the targets of phishing emails, and...

FreightWaves Classics: U.S. Customs and Border Protection has key freight responsibilities

Trucks wait in line to be inspected and cross the border. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, numerous changes were made at federal agencies. For example, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was founded on November 25, 2002. Among the agencies that are part of DHS is the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP. 

CBP became the first comprehensive border security agency in the U.S. on March 1, 2003. The agency’s focus is to maintain the integrity of the nation’s boundaries and ports of entry.

Before the creation of...

China targets Full Truck Alliance in cybersecurity probe

Cybersecurity regulators in China have initiated a review of two apps from digital freight-matching platform Full Truck Alliance (NYSE:YMM), halting new user registrations less than two weeks after the company went public in the U.S. 

The Cyberspace Administration of China announced the probe on Monday, saying its Cybersecurity Review Office will conduct the probe to “guard against” national security and data security risks. The government regulator is targeting FTA’s Yunmanman and Huochebang...

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