Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Ransomware hits operations at Jawaharlal Nehru port

Ransomware hits operations at Jawaharlal Nehru port

The current attacks came weeks after malware named Wanna Cry Ransomware affected systems across the globe, taking down computer systems, locking up critical data and demanding bitcoins as ransom for its release.

The government on Wednesday said it has started proactive measures to keep the country insulated from the latest round of ransomware attack, which has hit Europe, adding that so far there was no large-scale impact on India.

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.

According to the Ministry of Shipping, a private terminal operator at the the JNPT was taking steps to address the issue.

Ukraine and Russian Federation appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware - malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release.

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

In the United States, it affected companies such as drug-maker Merck and food conglomerate Mondelez International.

The terminal, operated by AP Moller-Maersk, was unable to conduct loading and unloading operations because of the breach, Union Shipping Ministry Spokesperson Neeta Prasad said. "They are trying to work manually", a senior official was quoted as saying by PTI news agency.

JNPT officials acknowledged that though they are doing their best to help the company, there is very little they can do.

We continue to assess the situation.

The motives of those behind the malware remain unknown.

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