IMO site back up while CMA CGM struggles to get back online

CMA CGM’s eBusiness website remains down one week on from a ransomware attack, while the website of the United Nations agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is back up and running, having been the victim of a cyber attack on Wednesday.

A number of IMO’s web-based services became unavailable on Wednesday. The systems impacted included the IMO public website and other web-based services.

“The interruption of web-based services was caused by a sophisticated cyber-attack against the organization’s IT systems that overcame robust security measures in place,” the IMO said in a statement on Friday.

IMO has ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its information security management system. IMO was the first UN organisation to get this certification in 2015.

The IMO headquarters file servers are located in the UK, with extensive backup systems in Geneva. The backup and restore system is regularly tested.

Following the attack the secretariat shut down key systems to prevent further damage from the attack.

CMA CGM, meanwhile, continues to struggle to fully get back on track, with social media posts showing increasing irritation from customers at the limited communication from the French liner.

The last update from CMA CGM came on Friday evening.

The company’s worldwide agency network is gradually being reconnected, it said, adding that two subsidiaries – Mercosul and Containerships – are once again fully operational. Other subsidiaries such as APL, CNC as well as the group’s online booking system remain down however.

CMA CGM has just announced it has appointed the former head of IBM France to take on the group’s digital initiatives. Nicolas Sekkaki has been appointed executive vice president IT, digital and transformation.

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.


  1. Wow – whilst i appreciate the size and breaths for CMA means it may take a good time to get back on track, but you have to wonder ‘did no-one see this coming’?

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