Cyber Attack propelled Electromagnetic Interference targets ships on Iran Coast

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In recent times, cyber attacks have targeted various facets of our digital infrastructure, ranging from national networks to IoT devices. However, the emergence of a cyber attack leveraging electromagnetic interference to target a ship off the Iranian Coast showcases a new level of sophistication.

According to reports from United Kingdom’s Maritime Trade Operations, an incident occurred at 11 PM on Tuesday, approximately 95 nautical miles east of Ras AI Zour in Saudi Arabia. It is alleged that an unidentified hacker group manipulated the GPS and AIS systems onboard the vessel, diverting it from its intended course away from Iran and into the Arabian Sea.

These electromagnetic cyber attacks represent a method through which hackers can infiltrate and disrupt electronic and control systems. By targeting specific wavelengths crucial to the operation of certain devices, hackers can access critical information or manipulate the control of machinery.

This tactic isn’t entirely novel. In 1985, Van Eck utilized electromagnetic waves to intercept data being transmitted between computers, demonstrating the potential for such interference over relatively short distances.

Fast forward to today, and similar techniques are employed to compromise modern devices such as smartphones through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth vulnerabilities. As technology advances, so too do the capabilities of cyber criminals, who now engage in eavesdropping, manipulation, jamming, and hacking of networks.

Considering projections that anticipate over 29 billion IoT devices in use by 2030, the potential for cyber attacks only amplifies. Yet, amidst this evolving landscape, the advancement of technology also empowers law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to develop countermeasures against such threats.

Staying ahead of cybercriminals requires constant vigilance and innovation. By proactively addressing vulnerabilities and deploying robust security measures, we can mitigate the risks posed by electromagnetic cyber attacks and safeguard our digital infrastructure.

Note- The attack was launched when there are hardly not many days left for the Iranian Jerusalem Day.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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