Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Maersk suffers cyber attack

Maersk suffers cyber attack

The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group was one of several worldwide companies hit by a so-called "Petya" cyber attack on Tuesday, affecting the company's liner shipping and terminal operations.

"Right now, at this hour, we're not able to take new orders", Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Clerc said in a telephone interview. "This is being addressed by the company and we do not know how long it would take to resolve the issue", the official said.

Maersk could not say exactly when it expects its business to return to normal, he said, adding that it was too early to assess the economic impact.

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

NewYork, June28:The fallout from cyberattacks that disrupted computers across Europe and the US continued to cause problems for the world's largest shipping firm Wednesday as A.P. Moller-Maersk AMKBY 0.41% reported that a number of its port operations remain affected.

Lars Jensen, CEO of maritime cyber security consultant Cyberkeel and CEO at SeaIntelligence Consulting, said in an article on LinkedIn that Maersk Line ships almost 3,300 TEUs per hour, generating a revenue stream of $2.9 million per hour.

We have contained the issue and are working on a technical recovery plan with key IT-partners and global cyber security agencies.

The RTV report said computers were infected by ransomware that encrypted hard drives at APM Terminals.

"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".

"Like many other companies and institutions around the world, we are experiencing interference with some of our systems within the TNT network", the company said.

No ship was scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday at APM Terminals, and all other trucks had been noticed not to come there, LA Daily News reported.

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

Maersk Line vessels are maneuverable, able to communicate and crews are safe, Maersk said.

"It's not quite so fast, but at least we can operate and customers can be serviced", he said.

Russian oil producer Rosneft was also thought to be a victim of the virus attack.

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