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Global pandemic sees 400c rise in shipboard cyber-attacks

NAVAL Dome, an Israeli cyber defence solutions provider, says there has been a 400 per cent increase in cyber-attacks since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in February, reported London's Digital Ship

16 June 2020 - 23:54

NAVAL Dome, an Israeli cyber defence solutions provider, says there has been a 400 per cent increase in cyber-attacks since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in February, reported London's Digital Ship.

The primary reason behind the spike in an increase in malware, ransomware and phishing emails exploiting the Covid-19 crisis. Naval Dome says that travel restrictions, social distancing measures and economic recession are beginning to bite into a company's ability to sufficiently protect itself.



'Covid-19 social restrictions and border closures have forced OEMs [original equipment manufacturers], technicians, and vendors to connect standalone systems to the internet in order to service them.' said Naval Dome CEO Itai Sela.



The global crisis and social distancing measures are preventing OEM technicians flying out to ships and rigs to upgrade and service critical systems, resulting in operators circumventing established security protocols, leaving them open to attack, he said.



'As budgets are cut and in the absence of service engineers, we are seeing ship and offshore rig staff connecting their systems to shoreside networks, at the behest of OEMs, for brief periods of time to carry out diagnostics and upload software updates and patches themselves,' said Mr Sela.



'The increase in OEM personnel working remotely on home networks and personal PCs, which are not well protected, adds to the problem,' he said.


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