Pirates used hacked information from a global shipping company’s servers to target and capture cargo ships on the high seas, and a water utility’s valves and ducts were hijacked: these are some of the more dramatic scenarios representing cases Verizon’s breach team investigated in the past year.
Armed pirates for several months had been strategically attacking ships in their travels on the sea, also armed with bill of lading information pilfered via a Web-borne attack on the company’s content management system (CMS). The pirates would storm the ship, corral the crew, and locate specific cargo containers by searching for specific bar codes and steal the contents. Then they’d disembark and move on to their next target ship.
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