India not much affected by global malware attack yet: Prasad

India not much affected by global malware attack yet: Prasad

India not much affected by global malware attack yet: Prasad

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

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, the facility near Mumbai which is operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk and is India's largest container operation, was affected, according to a report by the Press Trust of India. JNPT operates 55 percent of India's containers and is considered one of the 35 world's largest ports. The JNPT port, which consists of three terminals, has a capacity to handle 4.5 million standard container units, and GTI Terminal has a 1.8 million TEU capacity.

"We can confirm that Maersk's IT systems are down across multiple geographies and business units due to a cyber attack". Due to the attack, the private terminal impacted was unable to load or unload material, and officials said they were finding it hard to identify the owners of the shipments, reported Bloomberg.

"The 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", the statement said. Although operations are being conducted manually, very little work can actually be done manually, a senior official said. On Tuesday, dozens of companies and entities in many countries, including Russia, Ukraine, the United States, Italy and Germany, were targeted by a powerful cyber-attack. There has been a partial impact at APM Terminals (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd). The group is "assessing and managing" the situation to minimise the impact on its customers and partners.

Diggikar said 75 Maersk group terminals were hit by the attack. DLA Piper said in a statement it was hit by a suspected malware attack and that it was "taking steps to remedy the issue".

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The cyber attack comes a month after the Wannacry episode that took over computer systems all over the globe.

It warned that the disruptions could lead to "bunching of in-bound and out-bound container cargo", and truck congestion around the port.

The company said its telemetry data indicates around 2,000 attacked users so far. JNPT, which ships more than half the containerized cargo passing through India's ports, serves a vast hinterland comprising all of northern and western India.

Prasad added that the government is keeping a close watch on the matter.

"It [JPNT] has been informed by the private terminal operator that this disruption is a outcome of a worldwide disruption being faced by them because of a cyberattack", said the statement.

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