Major port player hacked: two days to transfer ransom … (Antwerp)

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A ship from the French CMA CGM at the DP World terminal in the port of Antwerp. — © Joris Herregods

Antwerp

The large French shipping company CMA CGM has fallen victim to ransomware. In addition, criminals hack a computer and demand ransom to block the computers. The technology is becoming more common and can cost companies millions.

Now that the port of Antwerp is becoming increasingly digital, cyber security is also becoming increasingly important. “We have a cyber resilience team set up. You cannot rule out an attack completely, but you can quickly detect, intervene and minimize the impact, ”said chief digital officer Erwin Verstraelen during a webinar. That this is necessary became clear during the session itself. News came in that the large French shipping company CMA CGM had been the victim of a hacking attack.

At first, the company talked to maritime player Lloyd’s about an “internal IT infrastructure problem that shut down external access to the booking system.” It later had to admit that it was under attack from hackers. They had blocked a number of peripheral servers. They asked to get in touch via live chat within two days and pay for a special key to the blocked data.

The relatively small container ship CMA CGM White Shark was moored at port terminal DP World on Monday. According to the terminal operator, there was no impact for the time being yesterday afternoon, although the situation was monitored in close cooperation with the customer.

In mid-2017, the Danish shipping company Maersk was the victim of a much larger, similar hack. Their IT systems were down for days. The financial damage amounted to hundreds of millions of euros, and caused a major disruption to the logistics flow of goods. (cm)







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