Maersk remains crippled by hacker attacks

Maersk remains crippled by hacker attacks

28-06-2017 15:00:00

The hacker attack that hit A.P. Møller - Maersk yesterday at 13.30 continues to cripple the group and has paralyzed container terminals worldwide. The terminal in New York will be reopened on Thursday and in India, the terminal Jawaharlal Nehru may be hit so hard that it can neither load nor receive containers.

The massive attack with so-called "ransomware", where the hackers require ransom to remove the encryption of the affected computers, will soon have lasted two days, causing operational malfunctions in the Maersk group to an extent that has hardly been seen before.

Maersk's latest update of the situation came around 12.00 today, confirming that Maersk "has been hit as part of a global cyber attack named Petya on the 27 June 2017. IT systems are down across multiple sites and select business units.
We have contained the issue and are working on a technical recovery plan with key IT-partners and global cyber security agencies," the tweet told and continued:

"We have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue. At this point our entities Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Services, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Training, Svitzer and MCI are not operationally affected. Precautionary measures have been taken to ensure continued operations.

Maersk Line vessels are maneuverable, able to communicate and crews are safe. APM Terminals is impacted in a number of ports. Damco has limited access to certain systems.

We continue to assess and manage the situation to minimize the impact on our operations, customers and partners from the current situation".

According to Bloomberg, Gateway Terminal India is in Jawaharlal Nehru, is hardest hit. Here you cannot identify which containers belong to who, Bloomberg writes, referring to information from the Indian Ministry of Transport.

Also APMT-US terminals in USA are hit by the implications of the attack and closed for normal operations.

Source: Maritime Denmark

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