in: The 3rd International Symposium on Naval Architecture and Maritime (INT-NAM 2018), E-Proceeding , Prof Dr Ahmet Dursun Alkan, Editor, INT-NAM 2018- Yildiz Technical University, İstanbul, pp.981-987, 2018
Cybersecurity in the maritime realm made headlines in 2017 following the spread of ransomware, a
type of computer and network virus, in the systems of major shipping companies and providers.
Whilst there is extensive literature on maritime piracy in the traditional sense, i.e., an act of violence
or depredation directed against the ship, its cargo or the persons aboard, cyber piracy targeting ships
and maritime businesses remains a largely unexplored subject. What more, the law surrounding this
phenomenon is marred with uncertainty.
The objective of this paper is to identify and comment on key legal texts in the international maritime
and criminal law spheres that may be relied on by public law officials in preventing and sanctioning
hackers targeting the maritime sector.