Shipping and supply chain 'next playground for hackers'

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
26 August 2014

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26 August 2014 | Will Green

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has warned that shipping and the supply chain is the “next playground for hackers”.

The IMB said the threat of cyber attacks on ports, terminals and carriers had “intensified in the past few months” and increasingly sophisticated IT systems made organisations “more vulnerable”.

Often hackers were looking for release codes for containers or passwords to discover delivery instructions, said the IMB.

The IMB said: “Recent events have shown that systems managing the movement of goods need to be strengthened against the threat of cyber attacks.

“It is vital that lessons learnt from other industrial sectors are applied quickly to close down cyber vulnerabilities in shipping and the supply chain.”

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