Norway’s troubled coastal voyage and cruise line Hurtigruten was battling a cyber attack that made its websites unusable and affected company email as well. The attack caps a terrible year for the line that experienced outbreaks of the Corona virus on board at least two of its vessels earlier this year, and allegedly tried to cover them up.
On Monday the company was more open about the cyber attack, calling it “serious” and affecting the company’s global communications systems. Work was underway to contain the damage and halt the attack, believed to be rooted in hackers’ demands for payoffs.
“Our biggest priority right now is to secure good and secure operations for all guests and employees,” Ole-Marius Moe-Helgesen, director of information technology for Hurtigruten, stated in a press release. “We working with all available resources to isolate the effects of the attack and limit damage.”
The company’s websites remained down Monday night Norwegian time. Norway’s National Security Authority confirmed it was aware of the attack but had no further comment.