Container shipping group CMA CGM hit by cyberattacks

29 September 2020 (Last Updated September 29th, 2020 11:36)

Shipping and logistics group CMA CGM has confirmed that it has been subject to cyberattacks, affecting its peripheral servers.

Container shipping group CMA CGM hit by cyberattacks
CMA CGM is the fourth container shipping line that suffered from a cyberattack. Credit: Pete Linforth.

Shipping and logistics group CMA CGM has confirmed that it has been subject to cyberattacks, affecting its peripheral servers.

The incident was reported on 28 September. However, the attack has not impacted the company’s subsidiary CEVA Logistics.

The company blocked the external access to the applications as soon as the breach was identified to prevent the spread of the malware.

In a press statement, CMA CGM said: “Our teams are fully mobilised and access to our information systems is gradually resuming.

“The CMA CGM network remains available to the group’s customers for all booking and operation requests.”

The company has launched an investigation, which will be carried out by internal and independent experts.

CMA CGM is the fourth shipping line to have been hit by a cyberattack. Previously, MSC, Cosco Shipping and Maersk have also been affected.

In April, MSC reported that some of the digital tools and the website were affected due to a malware attack.

During the same month, Swiss cybersecurity company CYSEC SA received a contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a solution to reduce cyber risks when using satellite communications to track ships.

In 2017, Danish shipping company Maersk Line reported that its computer systems were hit by the Petya cyberattack, which disrupted a number of businesses worldwide.

It is reported that the attack caused a loss of $300m to the company.

Naval Dome, a cybersecurity specialist, reported that there has been an increase of 400% in cyberattacks since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in February.