The Wall Street Journal: World’s biggest shipbroker Clarkson hit by cyberattack

November 30
19:04 2017

Clarkson CKN, +2.10%  , the world’s biggest shipbroker, is bracing for part of its confidential data to go public, after refusing to pay ransom to hackers that breached its computer systems.

The London-based company, which charters vessels and raises finance for shipping clients from 50 offices around the world, said Wednesday it’s working with cybercrime police in the U.K. and has contacted customers that have been affected.

“Our initial investigations have shown the unauthorised access was gained via a single and isolated user account which has now been disabled,” Clarkson said in a statement. “The person or persons behind the incident may release some data.”

Chief Executive Andi Case said the company wouldn’t be held to ransom, without elaborating.

An expanded version of this report appears on

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