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Great Danger in Turkish Ports Averted at the Last Moment

19 December 2022

A company working on cyber threats has noticed a very important danger while conducting cyber security testing. "Cyber security vulnerability" was detected in Turkey's port operation systems, which are critical infrastructures.

Discovered cybersecurity vulnerability was immediately reported to the USOM (National Cyber Incident Response Center). On this warning, the USOM took action. USOM started a study on the cyber threat and made a statement on the subject on USOM’s website. USOM advised system users and administrators to update the products. Following the study, the cyber security vulnerability was eliminated.

Ömer Yılmaz, the cyber security team leader of the company that identified the cyber security vulnerability in the port operation systems, emphasized that the danger was critical and said, "If the hackers had captured it. Ships in ports could be changed which container was to be loaded on which ship, and changes could be made on the containers to where they went. Let me put it this way, the hacker who entered the system could have sent the container cargo to be sent to Nigeria to America. The great danger has been overcome from the world. If this danger had not been recognized, the critical deficit would still have persisted. With this criticality, there may be disruptions at ports and disruption of deliveries."

USOM Telecommunications operates under the Communications Department. It provides the development of measures to reduce or eliminate the effects of possible incidents by making alarms, warnings and announcements to the relevant parties or throughout the country regarding the cyber threats detected in its studies.