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Somali Pirates using Blogs and GPS to Hunt Ships June 23, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in InfoSec & Privacy, Piracy & Maritime Security, Risk & Risk Management.
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Consistent with industry expectations, Somali pirates are increasingly turning to high technology to hunt high-value ships.  According to Techland, pirates are using GPS, as well as social media such as shipping company blogs to identify and hunt ships for attack.  According to an article in Fast Company:

“In addition to random attacks on cargo and passenger ships, Somali pirates are increasingly relying on the use of GPS systems, satellite phones, and open-source intelligence such as shipping industry blogs in order to figure out the location of ships. Much of the technological infrastructure used by the pirates is allegedly located in the Somalian city of Eyl, which has been described as the ‘piracy capital of the world.’

It is paramount that shipping companies recognize the new threats and understand that the protection of vessels and their crews extend beyond physical security and armed guards.  Ensuring that operational security processes are employed is as important, if not more important, than simply arming ships.  A review of the maritime security industry show a distinct lack of expertise in information security.

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