Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

India's largest container port hit by global cyber attack

India's largest container port hit by global cyber attack

"This is a repeat WannaCry type of outbreak and it really comes down to the fact that people are not focusing on what they should be focusing on, the very simple premise of patching your systems", Rawlins told VOA.

Earlier today, JNPT, Indias largest container port, asked the operator AP Moller-Maersk to divert traffic of its terminal hit by the ransomware attack to other two units after operations slowed.

MK Sirkar, a manager at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai, said the problem involved a terminal operated by AP Moller-Maersk and that no containers could be loaded or unloaded on Wednesday. The Gateway Terminal India facility could not track shipments and link them to their destinations either. The attack is being carried out by the Petya virus, with users being told to pay US$300 in cryptocurrency per infected computer to unlock their systems.

The ransomware attacks that have been experienced over the past year are increasingly making it clear the ease with which attackers are becoming a regular thing in almost all nations. Operations at the JNPT were impacted last night as a fallout of the global ransomware attack, which crippled some central banks and many large corporations in Europe.

About 2,000 users had been attacked by midday Tuesday in North America, according to Kaspersky Lab analysts, with organisations in Russian Federation and Ukraine the most affected.

The Indian government said on Wednesday it had sent Gulshan Rai, India's national cyber security coordinator, to JNPT to deal with the situation. But Tehan said "all indications would point to" it being the same virus.

Sea Containers, the London building that houses WPP and agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, had been shut down, another person said.

"The Pipavav terminal, ICD Dadri and CFS Nhava Sheva managed by the APM Group have also been affected by the cyber attack", JNPT said in a statement tonight.

He added that any response would take time to implement given the large volume of traffic handled by the port.

Maersk said its customers could not use online booking tools and its internal systems were down.

The virus hit Danish shipping and energy company Maersk, in turn affecting its global operations.

Mondelez International said it was also experiencing a global IT outage and was looking into the cause.

Such attacks pose a grave threat to the economy and businesses. EternalBlue works on vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The attack has hit Ukraine particularly hard.

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