Cyber pirates hit the shipping industry nearing peak season

Bloomberg/London

Two key players in the global shipping industry have been trying to restore computer networks and assess the damage from separate cyber attacks this week that are adding short-term complications to supply chains already straining ahead of peak season for consumer demand.The International Maritime Organization, a UN agency that serves as the industry’s regulator, said on Thursday it suffered “a sophisticated cyber attack against the organisation’s IT systems.” The breach affected its public website and internal systems, it said. The IMO’s web page remained down Friday morning in London.That attack followed the disclosure earlier this week by closely held CMA CGM SA, the world’s fourth-biggest container liner, that its information systems were compromised. The Marseille, France-based company said on 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% of global capacity, according to Alphaliner data.There’s no evidence yet that the incidents are linked, but both disruptions are extensive and that possibility is being considered, according to a report by maritime intelligence service Lloyd’s List.A rash of cyber incidents has afflicted the shipping industry....

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