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Maritime Cyberattack Database Launched by Dutch University

The NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands has launched MCAD, the Maritime Cyber Attack Database.

Maritime Cyberattack Database

The NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands recently announced the launch of a database tracking cyberattacks and other cyber incidents impacting the maritime sector.

The Maritime Cyber Attack Database, or MCAD, currently tracks more than 160 incidents recorded since 2001. The database is publicly accessible at and it’s continuously updated and improved. 

The project is led by Dr Stephen McCombie, professor of maritime IT security at NHL Stenden. The database was created in collaboration with students, using open source information. 

The goal of the project is to raise awareness and provide data for future maritime cybersecurity research. The database will also be used to conduct analysis on subsets of the data and highlight trends. 

[ Read: The Vulnerable Maritime Supply Chain – a Threat to the Global Economy ]

The Maritime Cyber Attack Database can also be used to create realistic cyber incident simulations, its creators said.

The database currently includes many attacks involving ransomware, as well as insider incidents and spoofing attacks.   

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Incidents have been recorded worldwide, but many impacted ports around Europe, East Asia and the United States. 

Related: Malvuln Project Catalogs 260 Vulnerabilities Found in Malware

Related: University Project Cataloged 1,100 Ransomware Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

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