The company's disclosure, while a relatively rare event in
Britain, follows a series of high-profile hacks in corporate
Clarkson is one of the world's main shipbrokers, sourcing
vessels for the world's largest producers and traders of natural
resources. It also has a research operation which collects and
analyses data on merchant shipping and offshore markets.
The London-headquartered company said it had been working with
the police on the incident but did not provide any details about
the scale or type of data stolen.
"As soon as it was discovered, Clarksons took immediate steps to
respond to and manage the incident," the company said.
"Our initial investigations have shown the unauthorized access
was gained via a single and isolated user account which has now
The company said it is in the process of contacting potentially
affected clients and individuals directly, and that it has been
working with data security specialists to probe further.
(Reporting by Rahul B in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and
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