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News DNV says up to 1,000 ships hit by ransomware

Norwegian assurance and risk management company and classification society DNV admitted that a recent ransomware attack on its fleet management software affected around 1,000 ships.

DIV said it detected a cyber attack on its ShipManager fleet management and operations platform on Jan. 7 and forced it to shut down the software’s IT servers.

DNV has now confirmed that 70 customers have been hit by ransomware.

“DNV is in daily communication with all 70 affected customers, updating them on the results of the ongoing forensic investigation. In total approximately 1,000 vessels have been affected,” DNV said in an update on its website.

There was no indication that any other DNV software or data was affected and the server outage had no impact on any other DNV services.

All users will still have access to the ShipManager software’s onboard and offline functionality.

DNV said it was coordinating its response to the incident with the Norwegian police and several IT security firms.

“DNV experts are working closely with global IT security partners to investigate the incident and ensure operations are resumed as quickly as possible. DNV is in dialogue with the Norwegian police regarding the incident,” the company said.

DNV did not reveal how the ransomware gained access to its systems, arguing that doing so would jeopardize ongoing investigations.

The company also would not specify which ships or ship classes were affected, or whether the attack would cause delays to ships and cargo.

DNV is the world’s largest classification society responsible for the technical certification of the construction and operation of ships and offshore structures. The company has sales of more than $2 billion in 2021. Currently serving more than 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units.

DNV’s website says its ShipManager and Navigator port and crew management software systems are used by more than 7,000 vessels owned by 300 customers.

The ShipManager platform includes modules that allow customers to gain insight into the operational, technical and compliance aspects of ship management data.

The ransomware attack on DNV is the latest cyberattack to affect the maritime sector.

Two weeks ago, the LockBit ransomware gang launched an attack on the port of Lisbon.

In February 2022, German logistics giant Marquard & Bahls’ oil companies Oiltanking and Mabanaft were both victims of a cyber attack that compromised their loading and unloading systems.

Throughout 2022, there have been multiple ransomware attacks targeting ports in Europe.

In November, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned Congress that cyberattacks were the biggest threat to U.S. ports.

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