Maritime Computer Emergency Response Team ADMIRAL dataset ADMIRAL dataset

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Customs cargo handling system compromised.
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
XX N/A 2012 Australia Port Intrusion


The victim is responsible for customs and border protection in Australia. They operate a cargo system that monitors and manages the flow of goods in and out of the country.

According to sources, in 2012, a cyber intrusion occurred within the Australian Custom and Border Protection cargo system. An individual gained unauthorized access to the system, allowing them to monitor the movement of specific cargo items.

Utilizing the unauthorized access, the individual could discern when certain containers were flagged by the system as suspicious. This knowledge enabled the attacker to smuggle drugs into the country, as they could abandon containers marked for inspection, effectively evading detection by the authorities.


Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Claimed/Reported Threat Actor




Main impact



Recommendations to Port to reduce Intrusion risks:

  • Implement strong access controls and authentication mechanisms to limit unauthorized access, such as Multi Factor Authentication.
  • Regularly update and patch software and systems to address known vulnerabilities.
  • Use Network Intrusion Detection Systems (NIDS) to monitor and block suspicious activities.
  • Segment your network to limit lateral movement by attackers in case of a breach.
  • Educate your employees about phishing attacks and social engineering tactics to prevent credential theft.
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