2018-007-GPS Interference-Eastern Mediterranean Sea

  1. Reference: U.S. Maritime Alerts 2018-004A and 2018-004B.
  2. Issue: Multiple instances of significant GPS interference have been reported by vessels and aircraft operating in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea since March 18th, 2018. These reports have been concentrated in the vicinity of Port Said, Egypt and the Suez Canal, and south of the Republic of Cyprus. This interference is resulting in lost or otherwise altered GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing and communications equipment.
  3. Guidance: Exercise caution when transiting this area. The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) recently posted information regarding effective navigation practices for vessels experiencing GPS interference. The information reaffirms safe navigation practices when experiencing possible GPS disruption, provides useful details on reporting possible GPS disruption, and is intended to generate further discussions within the maritime community about other disruption mitigation practices and procedures. This guidance also recommends taking note of critical information such as the location (latitude/longitude), date/time, and duration of the outage/disruption, and providing photographs or screen shots of equipment failures during a disruption to facilitate analysis. The NAVCEN information is available at: https://go.usa.gov/xQBaU.
  4. Contact Information: GPS disruptions or anomalies should be immediately reported to the NAVCEN at https://go.usa.gov/xQBaw or via phone at 703-313-5900, 24 hours a day.
  5. Cancellation: This message will automatically expire on November 02, 2018.

2018-006-Cyber Exploitation-Worldwide

  1. Reference: U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) Alert TA18-106A – Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices (see www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-106A).
  2. Issue: US-CERT, the FBI, and the UK National Cyber Security Centre have issued a joint Technical Alert that provides information on the worldwide cyber exploitation of network infrastructure devices by Russian state-sponsored cyber actors.
  3. Guidance: U.S. maritime industry stakeholders are advised to thoroughly review and take appropriate action on US-CERT Alert TA18-106A at www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-106A. Additional cybersecurity resources are available at www.us-cert.gov and www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber.
  4. Contact Information: Recipients who identify the use of tools or techniques discussed in US-CERT Alert TA18-106A should report to the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) at NCCICcustomerservice@hq.dhs.gov or 888-282-0870 and to the FBI through a local field office or the FBI’s Cyber Division at CyWatch@fbi.gov or 855-292-3937.
  5. Cancellation: This advisory will automatically expire on November 02, 2018.