Cyber attack stops shipper Maersk taking new orders, causes cargo delays

Cyber attack stops shipper Maersk taking new orders, causes cargo delays

Cyber attack stops shipper Maersk taking new orders, causes cargo delays

Some of the biggest corporations, including Russia's largest oil company Rosneft, Ukraine's global airport, shipping firm AP Moller-Maersk, and advertising giant WPP have been affected by Petya, which comes close on the heels of the "WannaCry" ransomware attack.

Due to limited access to some of its computer systems, Maersk also has problems processing orders taken just before the breakdown, Clerc said.

Maersk Line has sent out a communication to its customers confirming that, following yesterday's major "Petya" global cyber attack, some of our the group's IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and that it has proactively shut down as a security measure. Its officials and customers say that it is working with manual methods to do business.

In a Facebook post, Maersk Line also confirmed that APM Terminals has been impacted at a number of ports.

Maersk said the cyber attack had not affected other maritime operations with its vessels, drilling rigs and ships still sailing and communicating as before.

When the attack began, on Tuesday afternoon in Europe, the company chose to take down a number of systems as a precaution.

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"Ministry of Shipping and JNPT are alive to the situation and are taking steps to ensure minimum disturbance to trade, transporters and more importantly local citizens".

Mumbai: In damage control mode after Petya ransomware virus hit its terminal operated by AP Moller-Maersk in Denmark, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has urgently brought in cyber experts from the Centre and the state to avoid further harm. "Maersk Line vessels are manoeuvrable, able to communicate and crews are safe", the Danish group continued. The company said it has contained the issue and is working on a technical recovery plan with its IT-partners and global cybersecurity agencies. "We have specifically warned repeatedly against the likelihood of ransomware (and similar) attacks", he said.

The Port of New York & New Jersey said in a tweet on Tuesday that APM's Terminal would be closed on Wednesday.

"We have found a solution where we work outside the Maersk network", said Steen Davidsen, managing director at the terminal, told Reuters.

Firms that have been hit by the attack, which comes within a month of a similar "WannaCry" malware, include Russia's biggest oil company Rosneft, global advertising giant WPP Group and multiple institutions in Ukraine, including its central bank and an worldwide airport.

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