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SomaliaReport.com January 7, 2012

Posted by Chris Mark in Laws and Leglslation, Piracy & Maritime Security.
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I came across a good reference that is worth sharing.  SomaliaReport.comhas great info on hijacked ships, ransoms, released vessels, and currently held vessels.  It also provides a weekly piracy report.  If you have a chance, take a look and see if there is any valuable info.

CyberSecurity & Piracy December 17, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in InfoSec & Privacy, Piracy & Maritime Security, Uncategorized.
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This past summer I was interviewed by Maritime Executive on the topic of CyberPiracy.  The article discussed the need for increased information assurance practices among shipping companies.  As shipping companies increasingly turn to armed guards and ships increasingly adopt BMP4, hijackings have decreased.  In response the pirates, and those who fund and support the pirates, are looking for new ways to increase their likelihood of successfully hijacking a ship while minimizing the risk to the pirates.  Increasingly, pirates are turning to high tech, and not so high tech, solutions.  It is an established fact that pirates are using information found on the AIS system as well as GPS and satellite phones to locate and coordinate attacks.  Now information is coming forward that the pirates groups are using sources within ports, and shipping companies to identify those vessels that they want to attack.  It has been reported that hackers are being employed to steal data related to cargo as well as the user of armed guards.  While this topic is too broad to discuss in a blog post, I will begin posting a series of articles on cyber security and steps shipping companies can take to minimize the risk of their data being compromised.

This past Fall, I had the opportunity to speak at Hanson Wade anti-piracy event in London.  If you have not attended a Hanson Wade event, they are very worthwhile.  I have spoken at literally scores of events over the past 10 years and few, if any, were as well organized.  The next event is scheduled for April, 2012 in Hamburg Germany.  As luck would have it they have a section on CyberSecurity.  Take a look and see if it is worth attending..

New Domain! www.GlobalRiskInfo.com December 17, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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Starting tomorrow (Sun, Dec 18th, 2011), the blog will have a new domain.  You can find us at the current wordpress subdomain of https://maritimerisk.wordpress.com or you can simply type www.GlobalRiskInfo.com (not case sensitive).  The blog will be expanding into other areas of risk including information assurance, physical security, and financial risk.

Attacks down 65% & Hijackings down 85% from November 2010 December 13, 2011

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According to a story published by BBC News, attacks on vessels in November 2011 were down 65% from 35 in November 2010 to 12 in November 2011.  Additionally, while 7 of the 35 attacks resulted in a hijacking in 2010, only 1 of the 12 attacks was considered ‘partially successful’.  The decline in attacks and hijackings can be attributed to several factors.  First, more ships are employing armed guards, second more ships are adhering to BMP4 and finally, the naval presence in the region is deterring attacks.  It will be interesting to see if the trend continues or if the pirates simply become more bold, or more violent in their pursuit of ransom money.

Cyber Piracy- Clear and Present Danger (in Maritime Executive) November 2, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Piracy & Maritime Security, Uncategorized.
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Maritime Executive’s Jack O’Connell published a very good article on cybercrime and its impact on the shipping industry.  Recently, Lloyds list also published an article on the same topic. With the shipping industry taking steps to prevent piracy, pirates are turning to technology to gain advantage over the shipping companies.  Read the article here.

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