IMO hit by cyberattack; CMA CGM suspects data breach

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(LONDON) — Two key players in the global shipping industry are trying to restore computer networks and assess the damage from separate cyberattacks this week that are adding short-term complications to supply chains already straining ahead of peak season for consumer demand, Bloomberg reported.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) said Thursday it suffered “a sophisticated cyberattack against the organization’s IT systems.” The breach affected its public website and internal systems, it said. The IMO’s webpage remained down Friday morning in London.

That attack followed the disclosure earlier this week by CMA CGM, the world’s fourth-biggest container liner, that its information systems were compromised. The Marseille, France-based company said Thursday that offices are “gradually being reconnected to the network thus improving the bookings’ and documentation’s processing times.”

“We suspect a data breach and are doing everything possible to assess its potential volume and nature,” the company said in an emailed statement. CMA CGM is among the world’s five leading container liners that account for 65 percent of global capacity, according to Alphaliner data.

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By Professional Mariner Staff