Almost half of the world's top 50 container carriers are unprepared for potential hacker attacks, determines an analysis from SeaIntel. The industry has a disturbingly low level of cyber security, SeaIntel writes, after Maersk Group was victim of a major cyber attack last week.
Companies can once again book Maersk's vessels to transport their cargo, informs the Danish shipping giant. And APM Terminals' container terminals are operational again although there could be delays, says Maersk Group in its latest update about the massive cyber attack Tuesday.
Maersk customers such as Jysk and DSV are currently trying to get clarification concerning the situation following Tuesday's cyber attack. If worst comes to worse, they could look toward other carriers, they tell ShippingWatch.
The hacker attack on Tuesday against the Maersk Group constitutes a massive test of the group's security procedures, analyst Lars Jensen of Seaintelligence Consulting tells ShippingWatch. The problems are now accumulating.
The Maersk Group is on Wednesday morning CET still hit hard by the cyber attack which struck the group, and numerous other major international companies, Tuesday. 75 of APM Terminals' port facilities are hit. Maersk says on Wednesday that the issue has been contained.
A hacker attack has triggered a large-scale crash of Maersk Group's IT systems, the company tells ShippingWatch. It remains unknown how the group's customers will be impacted. APM Terminals has also been struck in ports in the US and Netherlands.
The threat from cyber crime and cyber espionage is "very high" in the maritime sector, according to a threat assessment from the Danish Defence Intelligence Service's Centre for Cyber Security (CFCS). Read the report's main conclusions here.
Two big factors will be predominant in the future threat-scenario in shipping, assesses John Wiik. He has been the CEO of the marine insurance company Norwegian Hull Club for 31 years, and can look back on an industry that has undergone fundamental changes, he tells ShippingWatch.