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Clarksons confirms cyber breach

UK-based shipping services company Clarksons has emerged as the latest maritime business to be hit by a cyber-attack, with the company confirming that it had suffered a breach involving unauthorised access to its computer systems.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}Clarksons’ says that it took immediate steps to respond to and manage the incident as soon as it was discovered, with initial investigations suggesting that the unauthorised access was gained via a single isolated user account, which has now been disabled.

The company has notified the relevant regulatory bodies, and also notes that it has put in place additional security measures to try and prevent a similar incident happening in the future, as it works with data security specialists to investigate further.

“Clarksons would like to reassure clients and shareholders that this incident has not, and does not, affect its ability to do business,” the company said, in a statement.

“(The) person or persons behind the incident may release some data. As a responsible global business, Clarksons has been working with the police in relation to this incident. In addition, the data at issue is confidential and lawyers are on standby wherever needed to take all necessary steps to preserve the confidentiality in the information.”

Clarksons says it is now in the process of contacting potentially affected individuals directly, and will continue with a wider review of its cyber security that began earlier in 2017, which will now include an accelerated roll-out of additional IT security measures.

“Issues of cyber security are at the forefront of many business agendas in today’s digital and commercial landscape and, despite our extensive efforts, we have suffered this criminal attack,” added Andi Case, CEO of Clarksons.

“As you would rightly expect, we’re working closely with specialist police teams and data security experts to do all we can to best understand the incident and what we can do to protect our clients now and in the future. We hope that, in time, we can share the lessons learned with our clients to help stop them from becoming victims themselves.”

“In the meantime, I hope our clients understand that we would not be held to ransom by criminals, and I would like to sincerely apologise for any concern this incident may have understandably raised.”{/mprestriction}

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