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Japanese shipping major Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K-Line) has suffered its second serious hacking incident of the year, a further example of how shipping is becoming an increasingly popular target for cybercriminals.
K-Line stated today that there had been unauthorized access to overseas subsidiary systems and that the stolen information and data have been published recently as Splash said .
K-Line officials have yet to reply to questions sent by Splash earlier today on the specifics of the attack.
“We have already confirmed the security and safety of the systems, and there is no indication that the unauthorized access continues,” K-Line stressed today.
The Tokyo-headquartered shipping giant was hit by a malicious cyber attack in March.
The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate said that the criminals usually used Kaseya’s network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers.
Cyber-attacks have become extremely diverse in recent years, and local responses and product introductions alone are not sufficient for complete protection, and there are increasing cases where information leaks due to unauthorized access and system outages due to virus infections have a significant impact on corporate activities,” K-Line states on the risk management section of its website, going on to point out it has acquired a cybersecurity management system (CSMS) certification from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK).
Last month, Splash reported how South Korea’s largest shipping line, HMM, was hit by a cyber attack.
On another side US IT company, Kaseya urged its customers to shut down their servers after hackers smuggled ransomware onto its network. Such attacks infiltrate widely-used software and demand ransom to regain access.
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