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Shipping Giant CMA CGM Hit by Ransomware Cyber Attack

Mike Schuler
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September 28, 2020

Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald / Shutterstock

French shipping giant CMA CGM says it has been hit with a ransomware cyber attack.

“The CMA CGM Group (excluding CEVA Logistics) is currently dealing with a cyber-attack impacting peripheral servers,” the company said in a statement.

“As soon as the security breach was detected, external access to applications was interrupted to prevent the malware from spreading.”

Teams have been fully mobilized and access to the group’s information systems is gradually resuming, the company said.

As of 10:45 a.m. ET, CMA CGM’s shipping website (https://www.cma-cgm.com) was inaccessible, returning a “504 – Gateway Timeout”. The notice was published to the group’s website https://www.cmacgm-group.com/.

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

“An investigation is underway, conducted by our internal experts and by independent experts.”

Lloyd’s List reported that the cyber incident is a ransomware attack by the “Ragnar Locker gang”.

“The French carrier was asked by the Ragnar Locker gang to contact them within two days ‘via live chat and pay for the special decryption key’. No ransom price has been named yet,” the shipping media group tweeted. An update from Lloyd’s List said CMA CGM has confirmed the ransomware attack.

Recent Cyber Attacks

The incident is the latest cyber attack against some of the world’s biggest shipping companies.

In April, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company reported a cyber attack that caused a network outage at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2017, Maersk was hit by the NotPetya malware attack which crippled Maersk’s global networks and disrupted its container shipping operations for weeks, costing the company some $300 million.

“A new communication will be issued at the end of the day,” CMA CGM said today.

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