Weekly 2019 Motor Vessel (MV) & Motor Tanker (MT) Impersonation

Wapack Labs performs weekly queries of our backend databases, identifying all new data containing Motor Vessel (MV) and Motor Tanker (MT) in the subject line of malicious emails.  Email subject line Motor Vessel (MV) or Motor Tanker (MT) keyword usage is a common lure to entice users in the maritime industry to open emails containing malicious attachments.  Wapack Labs is providing this weekly list of Motor Vessels in which Wapack Labs directly observed the vessel being impersonated, with associated malicious emails.  The identified emails attempted to deliver malware or phishing links to compromise the vessels and/or parent companies.  Users should be aware of the subject lines used and the email addresses that are attempting to deliver them.  Users should never click on or download any attachments or links in suspicious emails.

Significant Vessel Keys Words:


merchant tanker


merchant vessel


motor yacht


very large crude carrier


ultra large crude carrier


research vessel


floating production storage & offloading

Figure 1.Geo-location of receiving IPs of the malicious emails. Location is not exact and is approximate location of the receiving IP gathered from Wapack Lab’s malicious email collection (No reported receiving IPs).

Figure 2. Geo-location of sender IPs of the malicious emails. Location is not exact and is approximate location of the sender IP gathered from Wapack Lab’s malicious email collection.

Table 1: List of subject lines, motor vessel, type of malware sent and sender data that was seen in Wapack Lab’s malicious email collection from June 5, 2019 to June 14, 2019.


First Seen


Subject Line Used


Malware Detections


Sending Email



June 8th, 2019

VSL - MV Sea Vita, ORDER: TKH-A060419B

Cyren - CVE-2017-11882.C.gen!Camelot


DrWeb - Exploit.Rtf.CVE2012-0158


Kaspersky - HEUR:Exploit.RTF.Oleink.gen


ZoneAlarm - HEUR:Exploit.RTF.Oleink.gen


CAT-QuickHeal - Exp.RTF.Obfus.Gen  


AhnLab-V3 - RTF/Malform-C.Gen

A-Sonic Logistics Sdn Bhd <wistar@akpa.net.id>


No reported targets



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