Cyber Attack Hits 17 APM Container Terminals

Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption
New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe
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29 June, 2017

A computer screen cyberattack warning notice reportedly holding computer files to ransom, as part of a massive global cyberattack, at an office in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday June 27, 2017, A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.

A message on Maersk's website said: "We can confirm that Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyber attack".

"We are assessing the situation in each terminal and we are tracking down what's going on in all our business units", she said.

The closure happened around 6 a.m.at the APM terminal at Pier 400, where Maersk's operations in Southern California are based, said port spokesman Phillip Sanfield.

Rosneft, a Russian government-owned oil firm, said it was also targeted by a "massive hacker attack" on its servers, as was steel maker Evraz.

Ukraine, which was hardest hit and where the attack likely originated, said it had secured critical state assets - though everyday life remained affected, with cash machines out of order.

Sanfield also said Maersk told its trucking companies not to come to the terminal.

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The attack, which security experts dubbed Petya and appeared to stem in part from an obscure Ukrainian tax software product, exposed fresh weakness in the computer systems that run modern-day societies as the virus rapidly spread unimpeded across Ukraine, Russia, Europe and the U.S.

Paul Tsui, managing director of one of Maersk's clients, Hong Kong-based logistics company Janel Group, said in an email sent to Reuters that "the system of Maersk has been shut down and not able to (be accessed) since late evening yesterday". With the Gateway Terminal India facility unable to identify which shipment belongs to whom, the port is clearing cargo manually, Chairman Anil Diggikar said in a phone interview.

Some worldwide business which have offices in New Zealand are reported to have been impacted overseas.

Zhora said the current ransomware, which propagates across networks, demands $300 in Bitcoin. It's more labour extensive, but we are making it work.

Norway's national security agency said the ransomware was affecting an unnamed "international company" in the country.

"Right now, we understand that it is a global issue at a group level where 75 ports have been affected.

The large-scale hacker attack has not affected the company production processes. due to the fact that the Company has switched to a reserve control system, neither oil production nor preparation processes were stopped".


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