Dualog warns of continued spam attacks as its stops 3.5 m infected emails



Tromsø, 5th September, 2018


Much like everyone else, connected ships continue to face the annoyance of spam and the menace of cyber-attacks on their IT systems. Over 18% of emails scanned in the second quarter of this year were rejected as spam and just under 1% stopped because they contained viruses or damaging malware.

It’s a smaller percentage compared to the global spam average of 45%, and that’s because Dualog takes email security very seriously and its Dualog Platform with email, file transfer and internet services, is built to the highest standards of cyber resilience and security.

How can then the percentage be lower? As one of the world's leading providers of cyber secure IT services to the shipping industry, all data traffic within and between our customers’ ships and offices is verified and secure, meaning that there will be a larger number of always secure emails.

We scanned a total of 19.3 million emails for viruses and other threats in the second quarter of 2018 alone. From the incoming messages, 160.482 were identified as phishing emails with links to unsecure websites while a total of 148.010 viruses or malware were detected and stopped. That meant processing a staggering 180 Terabytes (or 180,000,000 MB) of data in the period.

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Walter Hannemann, Product Manager at Dualog, said that while the number of cyber-attacks was not on the increase compared to the last quarter, it was not reducing either. But the percentage swing between emails with viruses or those with phishing malware was constantly changing, depending on what phishing campaigns were in vogue.

Product Manager at Dualog, Walter Hannemann“The attacks are also worldwide with infected computers used bots by spammers often based in different countries. This is a widespread problem, especially when you consider we have seen a gradual increase in the overall use of emails in ships, many with data attachments,” he said.




For Further Information Please Contact
Sean Moloney, Elaborate Communications Tel: +44 (0)1296 682124
Rune Larsen, Dualog Email: rune.larsen@dualog.com


Notes to Editors 

Established in 1994, Dualog provides a maritime digital platform which ensures that internet, email and cloud services work reliably and securely onboard. We enable and optimise all the IT services and tools you need for efficient management of your vessels. Our solutions are installed on more than 3000 ships in worldwide trades.

Dualog is recognised for assisting customers by providing streamlined operations, a guaranteed service uptime of 99.5%, and a 24/7 operational support team. Dualog offers solutions for resilient cyber infrastructure and our innovative solutions are created in a passionate in-house research and development environment.

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