Maersk hit by another cyber attack

Maersk has been hit by another cyber attack. Investigators are looking into how hackers managed to get into towage subsidiary Svitzer Australia’s email system for nearly 10 months before the hack was finally discovered on March 1 this year.

Svitzer officials have stated that the attack has been contained and that it was only limited to the company’s Australian operations, which runs on completely separate systems to the rest of the Maersk Group.

According to Danish shipping news site Maritime Danmark, the attack started on May 17 last year when a hidden command in the company’s IT system began to redirect emails to recipients outside Svitzer Australia. The forwarded emails originated from the company’s operating department, financial department and payroll office. The emails were forwarded to two email accounts created on an external server.

A major cyber attack last June saw hundreds of millions of dollars wiped from Maersk’s revenue stream.

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. Despite the photo of the article, a corporate cyber attack which had nothing to do with ships and tugs.

  2. Incredible, 3 fires aboard their ships and 2 cyber attacked in less than 6 months. You’d think maersk was trying to lower their stock price to buy it back at a cheaper rate.

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