Cyber attacks a potential threat to ships

Data centre chief calls for vigilance against emerging threats as well as traditional ones

MR MASAFUMI KUROKI ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
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Cyber attacks could pose an increasing security threat to ships that pass through regional waters as pirates become more tech-savvy, the chief of a Singapore-based data centre on piracy trends and armed robbery against ships has told The Straits Times.

Though no cases have been reported so far, Mr Masafumi Kuroki said on Wednesday: "Pirates may use technology to launch cyber attacks to identify valuable cargo and then attack the ships."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2018, with the headline Cyber attacks a potential threat to ships. Subscribe