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French Shipping Giant CMA CGM Discloses Security Breach

CMA CGM discloses security breach

French shipping giant CMA CGM on Monday revealed that it has been dealing with a cyberattack that forced it to shut down some systems.

The company said it disabled external access to its IT applications to prevent malware from spreading.

“Our teams are fully mobilized and access to our information systems is gradually resuming,” the company said. “The CMA CGM network remains available to the Group's customers for all booking and operation requests.”

While CMA CGM has not shared any additional information about the incident, Lloyd’s List reported that the incident involved a piece of file-encrypting ransomware named Ragnar Locker. Earlier this year, the same ransomware, which its creators continue to improve, reportedly hit renewable energy company EDP Renewables North America.

SecurityWeek has reached out to CMA CGM for more information and will update this article if the company responds.

CMA CGM says on its website that it has 755 offices, 750 warehouses and 110,000 employees across more than 160 countries. Its fleet of 489 vessels serves a majority of the commercial ports around the world.

CMA CGM is not the only shipping giant to fall victim to a cyberattack. The list also includes Maersk, which in 2017 was hit by the NotPetya attack, Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), which earlier this year suffered an outage due to a malware attack, and China’s COSCO, which experienced disruptions due to a piece of ransomware in 2018.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.