Work at Indian container port stalled by malware

Hackers target European businesses banks services in new cyberattacks

Hackers target European businesses banks services in new cyberattacks

28 de junio de 2017, 07:06New Delhi, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Operations at one of three terminals at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) in the western city of Mumbai were disrupted today after a global cyber-attack affecting India " s largest container jetty.

The food giant Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper, Danish shipping and transport giant AP Moller-Maersk and Heritage Valley Health System, which runs hospitals and care facilities in Pittsburgh, also said their systems had been hit by the malware.

Cyber Security Minister Dan Tehan told reporters on Wednesday that officials have yet to confirm that the firms were hit by the same strain of ransomware that has struck hospitals, government offices and corporations across the world.

APM Terminals at the Port of NY and New Jersey would be closed for the rest of the day "due to the extent of the system impact", the Port said.

AP Moller-Maersk operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at JNPT, which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units. Although operations are being conducted manually, very little work can actually be done manually, a senior official said.

The new virus had a fake Microsoft digital signature appended to it and the attack was spreading to many countries, Costin Raiu, director of the global research and analysis team at Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, said on Twitter. There has been a partial impact at APM Terminals (Gujarat Pipavav Port Ltd).

It said, "We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations".

The ransomware virus crippled computers running Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) Windows by encrypting hard drives and overwriting files, then demanded $300 in bitcoin payments to restore access.

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

The company said its telemetry data indicates around 2,000 attacked users so far.

The Petya ransomware cyber attack, which comes weeks after the WannaCry attack, hit computer services across Europe, Ukraine and Russian Federation on Tuesday, crippling services in the corporate sector.

It was anticipated that there could be bunching of in-bound and out-bound container cargos.

"It has been informed by the private terminal operator that this disruption is a effect of a worldwide disruption being faced by them because of a cyber attack", it added.

The Ministry and JNPT are taking steps to ensure minimum disturbance to trade, transporters and more importantly local citizens.

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

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