Ships Are Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks Due To Maritime Platform Flaw

Previously it was reported that hackers can take over ships by exploiting critical vulnerabilities in VSAT communication system. Now, security consulting firm IOActive’s researchers have discovered that there are several vulnerabilities present in the platforms used by seaborne ships to access the internet. The bugs in the software can leak data from the sea and also can cause larger threats to the global maritime infrastructure.

In its report, IOActive explained about the two identified flaws in the AmosConnect 8 web platform, developed by Stratos Global to work in combination with satellite equipment. This particular platform is used by ships to track IT and navigation systems as well as to facilitate messaging, web browsing and emailing for on-board crew members.


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