Colleague puzzled when XO Shipping's CEO wrote "Dear..." in an email

It could have ended with a money transfer from XO Shipping to criminals. But the word "Dear..." made CEO Ejner Bonderup's colleague stop and wonder, because beyond that the hacker's method was – almost – impenetrable.

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Everything looked normal when Ejner Bonderup's colleague received an email from the XO Shipping CEO in the latter half of 2017 – everything but one unusual detail in the beginning of the text, a request to have an invoice paid.

The email had apparently been sent across the series of desks that makes up the compact office space in the ground floor of the building in Hellerup, north of Copenhagen, where Torm also has its headquarters.

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