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Hackable Chinese Cranes in U.S. Ports – $20 Billion to be Spent to Replace

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The Biden administration recently announced they would earmark over $20 billion towards enhancing port security, with a significant focus on replacing cargo cranes manufactured in China at U.S. ports. This represents a concerted effort to mitigate potential cyber threats that could easily cripple our ability to ship goods into and out of our country.

This initiative is not merely a precaution but a response to a growing concern over the espionage and sabotage risks associated with the pervasive use of Chinese-built cranes equipped with advanced software and sensors at many U.S. ports. These cranes, integral to the movement of large-scale containers in and out of ports, are seen as potential vectors for cyberattacks that could cripple the American economy and disrupt military logistics.

Anne Neuberger, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology, expressed the gravity of the situation, stating, “We felt there was real strategic risk here. These cranes, because they are essentially moving the large-scale containers in and out of port, if they were encrypted in a criminal attack, or rented or operated by an adversary, that could have real impact on our economy’s movement of goods and our military’s movement of goods through ports.” This statement highlights the administration’s perception of the vulnerabilities inherent in the current setup and the need for a robust response to safeguard national interests.

The planned investment, part of a broader initiative to improve maritime cybersecurity, aims at revitalizing domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes, thereby reducing dependence on foreign-made cranes that pose security risks. This move, funded by the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in 2021, is set to support a U.S. subsidiary of Mitsui, a Japanese firm, in producing these cranes domestically for the first time in three decades. Such a strategic shift not only addresses the immediate cybersecurity concerns but also bolsters the domestic manufacturing sector, creating jobs and enhancing the resilience of the nation’s infrastructure.

The concerns over Chinese-made cranes were amplified by a Wall Street Journal investigation last year, which revealed U.S. fears that cranes made by a Chinese state-owned company could be exploited for espionage and disruption. The investigation uncovered that the software on these cranes could be manipulated remotely, posing a significant risk to the operation of U.S. ports, some of which are crucial for military logistics. Rear Adm. John Vann, who leads the Coast Guard cyber command, noted, “By design these cranes may be controlled, serviced and programmed from remote locations. These features potentially leave PRC-manufactured cranes vulnerable to exploitation,” further emphasizing the potential security vulnerabilities associated with these cranes.

The response to these concerns includes not just the replacement of the cranes but also a comprehensive set of actions intended to shore up the cybersecurity defenses of U.S. ports. This includes a U.S. Coast Guard directive mandating digital security requirements for foreign-built cranes at strategic seaports and an executive order by President Biden establishing baseline cybersecurity standards for computer networks that operate U.S. ports. These measures represent a proactive approach to securing the maritime infrastructure critical to the nation’s economy and defense.

An initiative like this does not happen in a vacuum and is not the result of speculation. The ACZ team believes the threat has actually been realized, that the software code from some of these cranes has been analyzed and back doors found. It is our fault, we have done this to ourselves and this is a step in the right direction – congrats to a normally clueless Biden Administration.

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