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Maritime Industry Supply Chain Said to Be Ripe Target for 'Hackers'

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is calling for vigilance in the maritime sector as it emerges that shipping and the supply chain is the "next playground for hackers."

“Recent events have shown that systems managing the movement of goods need to be strengthened against the threat of cyber-attacks,” the IMB said. “It is vital that lessons learnt from other industrial sectors are applied quickly to close down cyber vulnerabilities in shipping and the supply chain.”

The threat of cyber-attacks on the sector have intensified in the past few months, with cyber security experts and the media alike warning of the dangers posed by criminals targeting carriers, ports, terminals and other transport operators.

They argue that while IT systems have become more sophisticated and thus enabling companies to better protect themselves against fraud and theft, it has also left them more vulnerable to “cyber criminals”.

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