shipping services provider Clarkson Plc on Wednesday said it was the victim of
a cyber security hack and warned that the person or persons behind the attack
may release some data shortly.
company’s disclosure, while a relatively rare event in Britain, follows a
series of high-profile hacks in corporate America.
the attack in a statement to the London Stock Exchange . It claims that
the attacker stole some of the company's more sensitive data and threatened to
release it unless the company paid a ransom.
The company, though, has chosen not to
pay up, and has warned shareholders and customers accordingly.
“As soon as it was discovered, Clarksons took immediate steps to
respond to and manage the incident. Our initial investigations have shown the
unauthorized access was gained via a single and isolated user account which has
now been disabled,” the
“We have also put in place additional security measures to best prevent
a similar incident happening in the future. Clarksons would like to reassure
clients and shareholders that this incident has not, and does not, affect its
ability to do business.”
amid fears that the accessed data may be released, the company said that it 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 of the information,” Clarksons further pointed out.
that was in the process of contacting potentially affected clients and
incident, Clarksons has been working with data security specialists to
investigate further and has notified the relevant regulatory bodies. In
addition, the company said that it was working on a review of cyber
security that began earlier this year and was accelerating the roll-out of
various 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. 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 apologize for
any concern this incident may have understandably raised,” Andi
Case, CEO of Clarksons, said.