back to article Actual pirates hack shipping biz servers to pinpoint vessels carrying precious booty

Clever pirates have hacked into a shipping company to determine the location of valuable cargo before hijacking vessels in targeted attacks. The criminals popped the unnamed company's in-house content management system, using that access to determine which containers have the most valuable cargo. This made its hijacks faster …

  1. Ole Juul

    Golden age of piracy

    As I understand it, modern day pirates usually make the big money through ransoms, so actually getting away with high value loot is a bit of a throwback.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Holmes

      Re: Golden age of piracy

      That cheap hack had huge returns on a shoestring budget. What will they do next now this is proven to work? Better hacker next time?

      1. Roq D. Kasba

        Re: Golden age of piracy

        Probably, they can afford one.

      2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

        Re: Golden age of piracy

        Exactly.

        Next step: hack systems of logistics companies in a way that cargo is diverted to convenient drop-off point - in other words, have the victim deliver the loot to your doorstep.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: have the victim deliver the loot to your doorstep.

          s/your/some convenient patsy's/

        2. ecofeco Silver badge

          Re: Golden age of piracy

          Ha! I just posted the same thing! Have an upvote!

    2. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Golden age of piracy

      But knowing where the "valuables" are gets them a bonus. Maybe a Ferrari for the bossman, or additional monies from the cargo owner.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Given the way container ships are stacked then it must be very unlikely that the one they want is accessible without using massive dockside gantry cranes to unload the rest first.

    http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-asia-china-hong-kong-container-ship-ships-shipping-containers-trade-52162494.html

    1. Sandtitz Silver badge

      .

      Containers are stacked but the doors are typically accessible wherever the containers are located. You just can't extract any large objects since there's not much room for maneuvering. Then again the pirates in speed boats or whatever they're using are not fit to transfer large stuff anyway.

      Also, if the pirates have knowledge of all the containers (which may number several thousands) they can just select the containers based on ease of access.

    2. Elmer Phud

      If you can access the system - move the container(s) of your choice to a handy spot where they can be picked from. They are all identifiable.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Pirate

    Well now

    Honeypot them, with a warship

  4. Crazy Operations Guy Silver badge

    Could make it easier to attack the ships

    If they could prevent the ships itinerary from making it to the lock/canal authority, they could delay the ship so its a sitting duck while it waits its turn to transit.

  5. ecofeco Silver badge

    Now that's more like the future I know!

    Next time, they should skip even more steps and just have the containers rerouted to a convenient delivery destination.

    Amateurs these days. I swear.....

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    These were clearly not very advanced attackers, advanced ones woud have knicked a lot more.

  7. Vic

    Really?

    "These threat actors, while given points for creativity, were clearly not highly skilled," Verizon's research team said.

    So they weren't very skilled - and yet they still got in. What does that say about the shipping firm's defences?

    Vic.

    1. phuzz Silver badge
      Stop

      Re: Really?

      It says that they were about as poor as most small to medium sized companies.

      Your bank probably employs someone who's job it is to worry about security, but most companies won't bother.

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