Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Maersk Shuts Down Some Systems to Help Contain Cyber Attack

Maersk Shuts Down Some Systems to Help Contain Cyber Attack

Maersk, the world's largest container line, has warned customers that it can not accept future bookings or provide quotes following the global cyber attack, named Petya, on 27th June.

"It will have an impact on vessels or cargo that loaded yesterday, today and maybe also tomorrow", Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Clerc told Reuters on Wednesday.

Due to limited access to some of its computer systems, Maersk also has problems processing orders taken just before the breakdown, he said.

"AP Moller-Maersk was hit as part of a global cyber attack affecting multiple sites and business units".

Speaking to PTI, National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai said he, along with state and port authority officials, are at the venue to assess the situation.

NewYork, June28:The fallout from cyberattacks that disrupted computers across Europe and the USA 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.

Precautionary measures have been taken to ensure continued operations, the company added. The Dutch port of Rotterdam, one of Europe's biggest, said Wednesday that two container terminals operated by Maersk's APM had stopped activities.

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"Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you".

According to his calculations, Maersk's shipping lines - Maersk Line itself, Safmarine, Seago, MCC Transport and Sealand - book 3,300 teu every hour, representing some $2.7m in revenue per hour. "We have specifically warned repeatedly against the likelihood of ransomware (and similar) attacks", he 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.

"What we understand is that the channels the hackers have chosen for ransom money has been shut down by governments, so that is contained now", he said.

The company did note that its Maersk Line vessels are maneuverable and able to communicate and that the crews are safe.

Also on Tuesday, Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft said a large-scale cyber attack had hit its servers, but oil production was unaffected.

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