Hapag-Lloyd confirms suspected spear phishing cyber attack

Container shipping line Hapag-Lloyd has confirmed a suspected spear phishing attack, with the discovery of a spoof webpage created to mimic its own site and entice users into sharing private information.

The company noted in a statement that e-mails were likely being sent to potential victims that would direct them to this site to log-in with their personal access data, which could then be compromised.

“This kind of fake websites are usually a one-to-one copy of the real pages and can therefore usually only be recognised as malicious pages via the domain or Internet address,” the statement read.

The vessel operator is asking customers and other relevant stakeholders to make sure they check the validity of any links contained in e-mails purporting to be from the company, particularly before entering any personal data.

“If you receive suspicious e-mails, please use your phishing mail analyzer, if your organization should have it. To be on the safe side, please enter the correct address of the respective website manually in your browser or open it via your bookmarks,” Hapag-Lloyd said.

“In addition, we would like to advise you to please change your log-in credentials at our website and check that the correct web address is displayed every time you want to view our products and services.”

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