Posted on August 27, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) has issued a statement, warning the maritime, oil & gas sectors over an increase in cyber-attacks over the last few months.
More specifically, NSM has noticed a significant increase in cyber-attacks, beginning in June 2019.
According to NSM, these cyber-attack campaigns have been using social engineering techniques, by targeting users through social media sites such as LinkedIn, WhatsApp & Facebook in order to install malware, steal the users’ data and use it to further spread the campaigns.
According to NSM, these attacks are global in scope but have mostly targeted companies operating in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
NSM suggests that the perpetrators behind these campaigns have shown a high degree of skill and ability in conducting these cyber-attacks, and thus present a very credible and serious risk to the industry.
“The National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of NSM, The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and the Norwegian Maritime Authority assess that all types of ships and shipowners’ land-based infrastructure can be vulnerable to cyber incidents. Especially shipowners that operate in ISPS/MARSEC level two areas or higher should be aware of the situation,” reads the statement by NSM.
You can read NSM’s guidelines & recommended measures to combat cyber-threats here.