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Modern pirates hack superyacht cybersecurity as we move towards hydrogen-powered boats in a bid to replace fossil fuel. The 28 Dubai International Boat Show is back this year after a short break due to Covid. The show is a highlight of the annual calendar for luxury boat manufacturers. 

The show has attracted around 800 companies from more than 50 countries. It is a platform for all to showcase and unveil their latest products. This year Sunreef Yachts from Poland unveiled their new Sunreef Eco 80 yacht. The superyacht features show-stopping solar panels and aims at making it autonomous from docking or refueling.

Seabubbles yet another futuristic marine craft are powered by a combination of hydrogen and battery power. This has resulted in reducing the battery charging time, where vessels of similar size would require five to six hours of charging time. The technology is similar to airplane wind, as it uses hydrofoils to create lift to raise it above the water’s surface. This reduces the drag and the energy required to move the unique boat.Modern Pirates Hack Superyacht’s Cybersecurity-1According to Francis Lapp founder and president, the adoption of renewable fuels has not been the same on the water as it is on the roads. 

Modern Pirates Hack Superyacht’s Cybersecurity

Superyachts are loaded with technology such as GPS and navigation systems electronic chart displays and information systems (ECDIS). This is good but it attracts modern pirates while you sail superyachts into dangerous waters. 

Superyachts are owned by the superrich/world’s financial elite considering the exorbitant cost of buying and maintaining one. The owners of these superyachts are easy pickings for bounty-hungry hacking pirates.

The playing field has changed in modern times, the virtual war is the name of the game. Wealth is no longer physical, modern pirates have also evolved from ships having skull and bones flags and a pirate with a  hook and an eye patch. The reality is today a person can easily hold the ship ransom from the comfort of a coffee shop.Modern Pirates Hack Superyacht’s Cybersecurity-2According to Naveen Hemanna, “The pirates need not be on the boat. It’s all virtual warfare, which is happening because your wealth is also not physical. It’s virtual, so you don’t really need to have a physical presence to get that money out”.

The threat of modern pirates has increased since COVID, though marine vessels becoming more sustainable and eco-friendly for the waters they sail in. 

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