Cruiseline Files Notice with SEC Disclosing Ransomware Attack
Carnival Corporation has been struck by a successful ransomware attack. The cyberattack happened on Saturday, August 15, and affects all brands. The company did not state which ransomware has impacted their systems, how the attack began, or who is responsible.
Carnival disclosed the ransomware attack to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in a FORM 8-K filing. The Form 8-K is available for viewing on the SEC website at www.sec.gov under Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc or the Carnival Corporation & plc website at www.carnivalcorp.com or www.carnivalplc.com.
All Carnival brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Costa, P&O Australia, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland American Line, AIDA, Cunard, and Seabourn are impacted by the cyber attack.
Although the cruise line is not disclosing any more information other than what was filed with the SEC, they stated that, “Nonetheless, we expect that the security event included unauthorized access to personal data of guests and employees,”
The company also listed an update on their corporate website which re-states what is in the FORM 8-K filing.
“On August 15, 2020, Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc (together, the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) detected a ransomware attack that accessed and encrypted a portion of one brand’s information technology systems. The unauthorized access also included the download of certain of our data files,” was listed by Carnival in the SEC filing.
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Recent Ransomware Attacks
Canon USA is one of the most recent corporate victims of a ransomware attack. In that cyber attack, thread actors crippled Canon’s US network with MAZE ransomware attack. Just a few days before wearable tech giant Garmin was also paralyzed by a ransomware attack. The company was hit by WASTEDLOCKER ransomware. It was sad that Garmin paid the hackers to regain control of their systems and their data.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line is an international cruise line with headquarters in Doral, Florida. It is a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation & plc. Carnival employs 150,000 people and sails with 13 million guests each year.