Hackers target Port of Barcelona, maritime operations had not affected

Haythem Elmir

The Port of Barcelona was hit by a cyber attack, fortunately, maritime operations had not affected.

On September 20, 2018 morning, the Port of Barcelona was hit by a cyber attack that forced the operators of the infrastructure to launch the procedure to respond to the emergency.

At the time of writing, there are no technical details about the cyber attack, the attackers hit several servers at the infrastructure, but maritime operations had not affected.

The land operations such as reception and delivery seem to haven’t suffered any problem due to the attack.

Port of Barcelona

The Information Systems department promptly launched an investigation into the incident, and it is implementing additional measures to lock out the attackers and minimize the effects.



Reading the tweets published by the Port of Barcelona, experts noticed that two days before the attack the operator warned of the effects of a cyberattack on safety and security of the infrastructure.

“The SMM Maritime Industry Report (MIR)  states that 80% of the leaders in the shipping industry believe that cybersecurity is an “important” or “very important” issue, but not all ports are equally poised to deal with this kind of cyberattack. While American and Asian ports are keenly aware of this issue and allocate a significant portion of their budgets to protecting against cyberattacks, in Europe the concern with cybersecurity is more recent.” reads a blog post published by the Port of Barcellona.

“Incidents like the one with Maersk or the ones suffered by the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in 2011 and 2013 have helped raise awareness of the importance that this issue should be given in ports, yet there is still a great deal of work to be done.”

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