Maersk warns on phishing scams

Maersk Line is being targeted by phishing hacks. The carrier revealed on January 8 that its Malaysian operations were hit by a phishing scam where a third party contacted its customers pretending to be working for the carrier. The con artists requested clients to change their bank accounts for payment. Maersk quickly contacted the email accounts and was able to identify who may have been recipients of this email.

“The e-mail has been contained and all measures have been taken to secure the Maersk network. Maersk IT is now investigating the incident,” the company stated in a release, warning that other seperate phishing attempts are being sent.

“We are aware that there are other phishing attempts circulating which appears to come from Maersk,” Maersk warned, telling clients to remain vigilant.

Maersk was hit by one of the largest cyber attacks reported in shipping history 18 months ago, something that wiped hundreds of millions of dollars of revenues off its books.

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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