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ShipManager Suffers Ransomware Attack

Norwegian ship classification society DNV says it has taken its ShipManager’s IT servers offline following a ransomware attack. DNV estimates that the incident may have affected as many as 1,000 vessels. The organization says that “all users can still use the onboard, offline functionalities of the ShipManager software.” [A ship classification society “is a non-governmental organization that establishes and maintains technical standards for the construction and operation of ships and offshore structures.” (Wikipedia)]

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  • This time DNV caught a bit of a break as the on-ship operations can continue until the on-shore systems are restored and they sync back up. In the future, it’s expected increased dependencies on on-shore services may render this option non-viable. The challenge is to assess dependencies of remote applications on your services and to assess the intended behavior when those services are offline. Don’t forget to not only include notification as well as re-sync/catch-up of transactions in your planning.

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