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UK police are dealing with ‘stowaway incident’ on product tanker off UK after seven men, assumed to have boarded in Nigeria 20 days ago were discovered by crew and became violent
The US Department of Justice has charged six Russian nationals in connection with a series of cyber attacks, including the development of NotPetya malware, which crippled Maersk’s IT systems in 2017
This is reportedly the 20th kidnapping in the Gulf of Guinea in 2020, although incidents are currently tracking below the same time period in 2019. Piracy incidents in the area tend to flare up towards the end of the year as the weather improves
The International Maritime Bureau reported 132 piracy incidents in the first nine months of 2020, compared with 119 for the same time last year. Criminal gangs are evading detection by mounting attacks further out to sea
CMA CGM has fully restored its systems two weeks after it fell victim to a cyber attack. With shipping increasingly being targeted by hackers, management teams will want to know how vulnerable their systems are and to prepare to respond
The IMO wants to leave no company behind but the uptake of digitalisation is uneven, while lack of cyber awareness leaves the industry open to cyber threats
Shipping companies and organisations have received a sharp wake-up call as to the threat of cyber attacks, with several affected in the past few weeks alone. In response, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued advisories highlighting the increased sanctions risks associated with ransomware payments
While the source of the notice was not disclosed, security sources said the threat level in the inner Gulf of Guinea remained significant
The IMO said while some email systems and virtual meetings access has been restored, other key processes remain offline to prevent further damage while the cause of the attack is investigated. Update: Access to the IMO's public website has now been restored
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