Maritime industry needs to focus more on securing shore-based systems and stop prioritizing the less likely ship-based attacks.
With today’s news that French shipping giant CMA CGM has been hit by a ransomware attack, this now means that all of the four biggest maritime shipping companies in the world have been hit by cyber-attacks in the past four years, since 2017.
Previous incidents included:
- APM-Maersk – taken down for weeks by the NotPetya ransomware/wiper in 2017.
- Mediterranean Shipping Company – hit in April 2020 by an unnamed malware strain that brought down its data center for days.
- COSCO – brought down for weeks by ransomware in July 2018.
On top of these, we also have CMA CGM, which today took down its worldwide shipping container booking system after its Chinese branches in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou were hit by the Ragnar Locker ransomware.
This marks for a unique case study, as there is no other industry sector where the Big Four have suffered major cyber-attacks one after the other like this.
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