Monthly Archives: September 2017

Fictional Superyacht Cyber Hijacking - Day 4

28th Sep 2017
Click here for full news story The Cyber Hijacked Superyacht has been released without payment of the ransom. Halcyon and PGI were successful in ensuring the safe return of all yacht data and operating systems... Read More

Fictional Superyacht Cyber Hijacking - Day 3

27th Sep 2017
Click here for full news story The attack on the Superyacht has shut down all systems. Cyber experts PGI Halcyon have been deployed.... Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

26th Sep 2017
Maritime Security Report  highlights key industry-specific incidents Covered by PGI's team of risk analysts during the past week:   Yemen: Merchant vessel reports suspicious skiff in Gulf of Aden 22 September A merchant vessel reported sighting a suspicious skiff with three armed persons on board south of Ahwar in the Gulf of Aden at 1021 hrs local time. The skiff reportedly did not approach any vessels in the vicinity during the sighting.   PGI Analysis:  The Gulf of Aden has seen an uptick in suspicious activity and piracy in recent months following the hijacking of the Aris 13 bunkering tanker in the Socotra Gap in March. The UN is reportedly investigating suspected links between pirate gang leaders and Islamist militant groups al-Shabaab and Islamic State, both of which are active in… Read More

Fictional Superyacht Cyber Hijacking - Day 2

26th Sep 2017
Click play for full news story It is increasingly likely that a Superyacht stricken yesterday by a suspected cyberattack has been hijacked.... Read More

Fictional Superyacht Cyber Hijacking - Day 1

25th Sep 2017
Click Play for Full News Story Monday 25th September 2017 - An unnamed Superyacht recently spotted moored in the Mediterranean is thought to have been the victim of a Cyber hijacking. Whilst sailing to an unnamed Southeast Asian resort, unconfirmed reports suggest the Yacht altered course and used an unfamiliar mode of communication.   Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

20th Sep 2017
East Africa and Indian Ocean Yemen: Pro-government forces dismantle sea mines near Midi 18 September Local media reported Yemeni forces dismantled a naval mine network 16 km off the coast of Midi, Hajjah governorate. The mines were reportedly planted by Houthi-Saleh forces near Ghorab island. PGI Analysis:  The threat to commercial vessels transiting the waters off Yemen has increased significantly since the onset of the conflict between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi rebels in 2015. US forces have repeatedly warned of the threat from Houthi sea mines off Yemen, which can become dislodged and drift into sea lanes, underscoring the range of threats the conflict poses to shipping in the area. In addition to the introduction of sea mines off Yemen, the civil conflict has… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

12th Sep 2017
Southeast Asia Malaysia: Armed assailants hijack fuel tanker, steal diesel off Kuala Terengganu 6 September Some 13 armed pirates boarded a Thai-flagged product tanker, MGT 1, as it was underway from Rayong port and heading towards the Andaman Sea, 54 nm east of Kuala Terengganu at 2100 hrs local time on 6 September. The assailants arrived in two small boats before boarding the tanker and proceeded to force the crew to transfer 1 mn litres of diesel oil to a mother ship. The crew set off the Ship Security Alert System, prompting the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to dispatch two ships and a helicopter, rescuing the tanker at 0400 hrs local time and apprehending 10 assailants while the other three fled on a… Read More

Weekly Maritime Security Report

8th Sep 2017
East Africa and the Indian Ocean  Yemen: Saudi Royal Navy highlights maritime security in Gulf of Aden 31 August The commander of the Saudi Royal Navy emphasised the importance of maritime security in the southern Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the strait of Bab el Mandeb. The commander applauded the role of partners in the Saudi-led Arab coalition in maintaining security in these waters, while also stressing the need to counter the Houthi threat to maritime traffic. PGI Analysis:  The Saudi-led coalition is conducting a bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, both on land and at sea. According to local reports, the coalition has been accused of targeting fishing boats in the Red Sea, misidentifying them as vessels smuggling weapons to the… Read More

SME Cyber Digest

1st Sep 2017
Eternal Blues FA free scanning tool built by a researcher from Imperva has identified that approximately 50,000 machines are still vulnerable to the EternalBlue exploit that facilitated the recent NotPetya and WannaCry ransomware attacks. The tool has been used to scan more than 8 million IPs and, as of 12th July, vulnerable machines were detected in 130 countries around the world. EternalBlue is an exploit (allegedly created by the NSA) which was leaked by a group called ShadowBrokers and enables the spread of malware through a flaw in Windows' Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. The Eternal Blues scanner has been created to assist administrators who lack the resources and capability of a full security team, but this story highlights how many devices are… Read More