Traffickers Are Hacking Shipping Containers To Move Drugs
The police in Netherlands and Belgium claim they have the evidence to prove that drug traffickers are hacking shipping containers: two tons of cocaine and heroin, a machine gun, a suitcase stuffed with $1.7 million, and hard drive cases turned into hacking devices.
The plot, which began in 2011, reportedly involved a mix of international drug gangs and digital henchmen: drug traffickers recruited hackers to penetrate computers that tracked and controlled the movement and location of shipping containers arriving at Antwerp’s port. The simple software and hardware hacks€”using USB keyloggers and more sophisticated purpose-built devices€”allowed traffickers to send in drivers and gunmen to steal particular containers before the legitimate owner arrived.
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