Maritime Computer Emergency Response Team ADMIRAL dataset ADMIRAL dataset

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Index Number:
Intelligence gathering equipment is discovered on a ship delivering port cranes.
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
15 September 2021 United States Port Intrusion


According to sources, during the inspection of a merchant ship delivering port cranes, counterintelligence services discover intelligence-gathering equipment on the ship.

No details were uncovered on the type of equipment, its location or potential capacities.


Port of Baltimore

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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