21st century sea pirates work closely with hackers

Maritime pirates are increasingly turning to advanced hacker technologies to gain access to information on the ships carrying the most valuable cargo.

For example, the management of one shipping company raised the alarm when it discovered that pirate attacks had become suspiciously "targeted", as the victims of attacks were ships with especially valuable cargo, and in places where they were especially vulnerable.

In addition, instead of taking the crew hostage and demanding a ransom (which happens in the vast majority of cases), sea robbers began to check the barcodes on the containers, apparently knowing well what was inside.

As Verizon security experts later established, the pirates managed to hack into the logistics management system by injecting their code in order to then receive information about future shipments and routes. Since the shipping company's database was not locally restricted, hackers hacked into it from remote computers.

All this allowed the attackers to track the ships carrying the most valuable cargo and their routes, which allowed them to plan pirate attacks in advance.

The pirates got burned by the fact that they sent commands to the database in the form of plain text, not cipher text, which allowed IT security specialists to identify the threat and suppress it.