CMA CGM confirms cyber attack

CMA CGM has confirmed it has become the latest liner to suffer a cyber attack today. The company stated today that it is currently dealing with a cyber attack impacting peripheral servers. A number of the group’s websites have been down for large parts of Monday.

“As soon as the security breach was detected, external access to applications was interrupted to prevent the malware from spreading,” CMA CGM stated today.

The Marseille headquartered firm is understood to have been hit by ransomware (see image below) which paralysed much of its IT infrastructure.

Ragnar Locker is a ransomware that affects devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems. It was initially detected late last year. Victims of the malware to date include Portugal’s leading electricity company and American travel management firm, CWT, the latter paying hackers $4.5m in July to retrieve sensitive data.

“An investigation is underway, conducted by our internal experts and by independent experts,” CMA CGM stated, adding that it would provide further updates during the day.

CMA CGM is the world’s fourth largest liner – the top three, Maersk, MSC and Cosco, have all suffered hacks in recent years, leading to massive losses.

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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