SHIPPING giant CMA CGM says it has stopped external access to its network and computer applications as a precautionary measure.

This is part of an effort to halt the spread of malware and follows the widely-reported cyberattack on its IT services earlier in the week.

“All communications to and from the CMA CGM Group are secure, including emails, transmitted files and electronic data interfaces,” the company said in a statement.

“Maritime and port operations are functioning as per usual.”

Booking functionalities are functioning and alternative solutions to the e-business site are available in-order to support business continuity for CMA CGM Group’s customers.

“All of the group’s teams remain fully mobilized to continue serving its customers and partners,” the company said in a statement.

The cyberattack affected the websites of CMA CGM and Australian subsidiary ANL, but not that of CEVA Logistics.

As was recently reported, many other shipping lines also have been subject to cyberattack and malware in recent times.

The incident has come at a difficult time in the Australian context, with waterfront delays variously blamed on industrial disputes, bad weather and congestion at empty container parks.