Maersk hit by giant cyber attack

Maersk hit by giant cyber attack

Tuesday’s massive ransomware attack which spread across the world claimed a big shipping scalp in the form of Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk. The cyber attack caused outages of Maersk’s computer systems across the world.

“We can confirm that Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyber attack,” Maersk said on Twitter.

The breakdown affected all business units at Maersk, including container shipping, port and tug boat operations, oil and gas production, drilling services, and tankers.

It marks the most high profile victim yet of a cyber attack in shipping.

 

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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