Shipping giant CMA CGM resumes services after cyber attack

CMA CGM, the world’s fourth-largest container shipping group, said it has restored its online business services after a cyber attack last month paralysed activity.

France-based CMA CGM first reported the incident on 28 Sept, saying it had shut down access to its online services after malware targeted its peripheral servers.

“The CMA CGM Group’s e-commerce sites are once again live with all their main functionalities up and running,” the company said in a statement. “Applications and essential functionalities are now operational and secured.”

CAN CGM operates in over 160 countries through 755 offices, with a diverse fleet of 489 vessels, and serves 420 of the world’s 521 commercial ports and operates on more than 200 shipping lines.

The attack on CMA CGM comes after the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said on 1 October that its website and intranet had been disabled by a sophisticated cyber attack and its IT specialists had shut down key systems to prevent further damage.

In a sign of the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals, the IMO resumed full services a week later and an IMO spokeswoman stressed that it had thwarted cyber attacks in the past, but that this was the first one to have disabled services.