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CMA CGM names IT chief after cyber attack as IMO recovers

CMA CGM's eBusiness website remain down one week on from a ransomware attack while the website of the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is back up and running having been victim of a cyber attack

07 October 2020 - 19:00

CMA CGM's eBusiness website remain down one week on from a ransomware attack while the website of the UN's International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is back up and running having been victim of a cyber attack.

In response, CMA CGM has announced it has appointed the former head of IBM France to take on the group's digital initiatives, appointing Nicolas Sekkaaki, executive vice president IT, digital and transformation.



A number of IMO-web-based services became unavailable. The systems impacted included the IMO public website and other web-based services.



'The interruption of web-based services was caused by a sophisticated cyber attack against the organisation's IT systems that overcame robust security measures in place,' the IMO said.



IMO headquarters file servers are located in the UK, with extensive backup systems in Geneva. The backup and restore system is regularly tested.



Following the attack the IMO shut down key systems to prevent further damage from attack.



Marseille-based CMA CGM continues to struggle to get fully back on track with media posts showing the special irritation from customers showing irritation with the limited communications with the French shipping giant.



The company's worldwide agency network is gradually being reconnected, it said, adding that two subsidiaries, Mercusol and Containerships, are once again, fully operational. Other units, APL, CNC, as well as the group's online booking agency, remain down.


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