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Traffickers Are Hacking Shipping Containers To Move Drugs

Traffickers Are Hacking Shipping Containers To Move Drugs

Posted by Msizi in cyber espionage

Traffickers Are Hacking Shipping ContainersThe 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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