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CMA CGM up and running again following ransomware attack

PortandTerminal.com, September 29, 2020

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – CMA CGM claims that its maritime and port operations are back up and running again following yesterday’s ransomware attack according to tech news website BleepingComputer.com.

Yesterday (September 28), the French shipping line CMA CGM confirmed that it was dealing with a cyber-attack that was impacting peripheral servers. A number of the shipping group’s websites were down on Monday including its main URL https://www.cmacgm-group.com/.

IMAGE Credit: Lloyd’s List 

CMA CGM is understood to have been hit by “Ragnar Locker” ransomware (see screenshot image above) which paralyzed much of its IT infrastructure. Ragnar Locker is a ransomware that affects devices running Microsoft Windows operating systems. It was initially observed towards the end of December 2019 as part of a series of attacks against compromised networks.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The company’s main website is back up and running as shown by the screenshot above. The company states that its “maritime and port operations are functioning as per usual.”

Almost, but not quite.

CMA CGM does advise its customers that its eCommerce websites remain temporarily unavailable and is providing alternative methods of making bookings including making manual bookings

“We do not comment further.”

The obvious question on everyone’s mind is whether CMA CGM agreed to pay the hackers’ demands which allowed it to restore its services. For their part, the shipping line is being understandably tight-lipped.

CMA CGM’s reply when asked by BleepingComputer.com to confirm that it was Ragnar Locker ransomware that was used in the attack was simple: “We do not comment further.”

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