Cybersecurity Breach Discovered at an International Vessel Owner

Cybersecurity Breach Discovered at an International Vessel Owner

Swire Pacific Offshore, a Singapore-based marine & offshore contractor, was the target of a cyberattack in which its IT systems were hacked. According to the contractor, the unauthorized entry resulted in the loss of certain private proprietary commercial information and personal data.

“A new victim has been listed on the #CL0P ransomware blog, [Pacific Offshore Martine Services] $3 Billion revenue,” reported SOS Intelligence, a Dark Web monitoring company.

The firm, founded in 1975, owns and maintains a fleet of over 50 boats, including anchor-handling tug supply vessels, platform supply vessels, and a seismic survey vessel. Except for the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, SPO operates boats in all worldwide exploration areas.

SPO took quick countermeasures to tighten existing security procedures and limit the possible effect of the incident, which had no significant impact on the company’s worldwide operations. The company stated that any cyberattack, unauthorized data access, or other unlawful activity that may jeopardize data privacy or confidentiality is taken seriously and that such acts would not threaten it.

SPO said that they have reported the event to appropriate authorities and will work closely with them in response to the occurrence. They are also contacting possibly impacted people to alert them. The company also said it’s working closely with data security specialists to examine the issue and decide what additional action is required. It will take all necessary precautions to safeguard its customers and employees in the future.

Anchor handling, towing, and supply support for offshore drilling and production operations, as well as pipelay and construction support, are all services offered by SPO. Its linked firm Cadeler, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, also offers wind-farm installation, transportation, and decommissioning services.

SPO said that it would be irresponsible to make any more remarks at this time, given the ongoing investigations.

About the author

CIM Team

CIM Team

CyberIntelMag is the trusted authority in cybersecurity, comprised of leading industry experts for over 20 years, dedicated to serving cybersecurity professionals. Our goal is to provide a one-stop shop for knowledge and insight needed to navigate throughout today’s emerging cybersecurity landscape through in-depth coverage of breaking news, tutorials, product reviews, videos and industry influencers.