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How many cargo ships were affected by a recent cyber attack on DNV?

Answer: 1,000.

Container ships outside the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach waiting to unload on Oct. 13, 2021.
Container ships outside the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
(Carolyn Cole/TNS)
The hackers just won’t stop coming for our infrastructure. On Wednesday, the maritime shipping giant DNV confirmed it had been the victim of a cyber attack that affected roughly 15 percent of its fleet.

The company, based in Oslo, Norway, reported that the attack occurred on Jan. 7. The target was its ShipManager software, a fleet management program used by 300 customers on a total of 7,000 ships. ShipManager is used to monitor the operational, technical and compliance features of a fleet. DNV is working with law enforcement on an investigation of the incident and therefore declined to share details with news outlets.

At this time, the company believes that no other DNV servers were affected in the attack. Fortunately, the hack has not interfered with the affected vessels’ ability to operate. DNV spokesperson Margrethe Andersen told TechCrunch that the crews could still use the ShipManager software’s offline functions while onboard the ships.