The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is warning shippers of a new phishing and malware attack that is targeting the industry.
In a safety bulletin issued on May 24, the USCG warned of a cyber attack that is taking aim at commercial vessels. According to Splash 247, hackers are attempting to gain sensitive information by posing as official Port State Control and using the content of an official Notice of Arrival. In addition, the agency has also received reports of malicious software that is designed to disrupt shipboard computer systems.
It has been urged that maritime stakeholders verify the validity of the email prior to responding to unsolicited email addresses. If there are concerns regarding the legitimacy of the email request, vessel representatives should contact the PSC authority directly by using verified contact information.
the USCG is also encouraging vessel owners and operators to continue to evaluate their cyber defense measures.