‘If it can happen to Maersk, it can happen to anyone’: FMC warns on cyber attacks

William Doyle, a Federal Maritime Commissioner based in Washington DC, has warned shipping lines to be on alert for cyber attacks, saying that if Maersk can be hit, anyone can.

Maersk, Denmark’s largest shipping group, was hit hard by the Petya ransomware attack three and a half weeks ago, and is still not able to operate 100% normally.

In a statement yesterday, Doyle said that Petya should serve as a “teachable moment” for all entities in the maritime and logistics transportation chain.

“This cyber attack happened to Maersk, the largest ocean carrier in the world. If it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone—all of us need to redouble your efforts and secure the best IT system protections,” Doyle urged.

Doyle was speaking as the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) approved Maersk Line’s petition for temporary exemption to service contract filings in the wake of the Petya attack.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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