3D printing used to disguise cargo theft

According to the security information service SecuringIndustry.com, criminals are using 3D printing technology to create fake cargo security seals and other security devices to disguise cargo thefts.

The 3D technology allowed thieves to make counterfeit copies of devices such as ISO 17712 high security cargo seals and locks in as little as 10 minutes, allowing them to hide signs of tampering and make it difficult to identify the location or time of the theft.

Recent examples of the activity include the theft last year of a pharma shipment from a Swiss freight forwarding company’s container and the posting online of CAD master files allowing anyone with a 3D printer to create keys and open any Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved locks.

G4S, the leading global integrated security company, said companies needed to improve their supply-chain security and lower their vulnerability to this emerging threat. Among the measures shippers can take to protect shipments from this form of crime is to place and monitor GPS devices in cargo, install motion-activated cameras within vehicles and alternate the colours of ISO 17712 seals, issuing them in random order, SecuringIndustry.com reported.

Employees should also be trained on procedures for controlling, affixing, removal and recognition of true and counterfeit high security seals.

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