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HMM targeted in cyberattack

South Korean shipping line says ‘virus’ leads to email outages

HMM says a cyberattack led to outages of its email systems. (Photo: HMM)

South Korean shipping line HMM was targeted in a cyberattack that caused outages to its email systems, the company said Tuesday. 

HMM said the attack, detected on Saturday, appeared limited to the company’s Outlook email system. The company said the attack did not impact other operations, including booking.

As of Monday, the attack was still affecting systems globally except for the Americas and Europe. 

“The e-mail system is gradually resuming, and our IT planning team, consisting of IT experts, is continuing the investigation to prevent further security accidents,” the company said in a statement. “HMM will conduct enhanced security checks and take protective measures.”

The company, formerly known as Hyundai Merchant Marine, did not disclose much about the attack, only calling it a “virus.”  

HMM said it had not found any evidence that the attack had compromised any data.

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Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at [email protected].