Dated security patches potential cause behind European port cyber attacks


The Port of Rotterdam has issued a stay alert call following a spate of cyber attacks on Europe’s largest ports.

Following from reports of cyber attacks hitting oil terminals in the likes of Port of Antwerp, on 3 February the Port of Rotterdam announced that in Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands, oil and other storage companies have been shut down because their IT systems have been hacked.

Rotterdam said in some cases of the cyber attacks, not all of the IT patches have been installed.

Companies affected include Sea-Invest in Belgium, Oil tanking in Germany and Evos in Terneuzen.

“Businesses in various port areas have been hit. Research has shown that in some cases not all current patches are installed. That is why we also give urgent advice: stay alert, install updates and patches and pay extra attention to phishing emails,” the port wrote.

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