The Supply Chain Matters provides readers with yet another concerning development related to cyberattacks targeting global shipping and maritime interests. The latest incident involves The International Maritime Organization, an arm of the United Nations.

Earlier in the week, France based global container carrier CMA CGM acknowledged a malware attack impacting some of its Asia based operations and nearly crippling this carrier’s booking and communications operations.

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The International Maritime Organization now indicates that the regulator was impacted “by a sophisticated cyberattack against the organization’s IT systems that overcame robust security measures in place.” The agency reportedly has shutdown select systems to prevent further damage or compromise of information.

According to various reports, the IMO main website has not been available since Wednesday of this week.

According to reporting from The Wall Street Journal, security experts indicate that they believe both the CMA CGM and IMO incidents are different in nature. However, the publication does indicate that the frequency of cyber incidents involving the global maritime sector have markedly increased this year, underscoring potential security weaknesses.

At least three global container shipping lines, Maersk, Cosco Shipping and Mediterranean Shipping have acknowledged attacks in incidents that date from 2017 to this year.

Obviously, this remains an evolving development and readers should continue to monitor developments.


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