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Shipping giant Clarksons refuses to pay hackers ransom after data stolen

Staff Writer |
Clarksons, the global shipping firm, has turned the tables on criminal hackers who attempted to extort a ransom payment after stealing confidential information from the company’s network.

The business, which is thought to have suffered a breach at the hand of hackers earlier this month, has warned that the hackers may release some of the stolen data – but that it refuses to give in to blackmail.

Details of the quantity and precise nature of the stolen data have not been made public by Clarksons, but Clarksons apologised to clients, shareholders, and staff for any concern that the breach may cause them – and said that it was in the process of contacting affected individuals and clients directly.

"Clarkson PLC confirms that it was subject to a cybersecurity incident which involved unauthorised access to the Company’s computer systems. As soon as it was discovered, Clarksons took immediate steps to respond to and manage the incident.

"Our initial investigations have shown the unauthorised access was gained via a single and isolated user account which has now been disabled. 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. Today, 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 would like to apologise to shareholders, clients and staff for any concerns this incident may raise. The company is in the process of contacting potentially affected clients and individuals directly."

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