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

Work at Indian container port stalled by malware

Work at Indian container port stalled by malware

The firms that have been hit by the attack, which comes within a month of WannaCry malware, include Russias biggest oil company Rosneft, global advertising giant WPP Group and multiple institutions in Ukraine, including its central bank and an worldwide airport.

All operations at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) were suspended on Wednesday after reports of the "Petya" Ransomware infecting India's largest container port emerged.

Operations at a terminal at India's busiest container port have been stalled by the malicious software that has crippled computers globally, an official said.

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.

The Indian port has been trying to clear containers manually, but operational capacity has dropped to a third at the terminal, Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT, told Reuters. The group said a number of its APM Terminals operations.

"The Ministry of Shipping and JNPT are alive to the situation and are taking steps to ensure minimum disturbance to trade, transporters and more importantly, local citizens", the statement said.

The new virus has a fake Microsoft digital signature appended to it and the attack is spreading to many countries, Costin Raiu, director of the global research and analysis team at Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, said on Twitter.

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"The private terminal operator has informed [us] that this disruption is a outcome of a worldwide disruption [caused by] a cyber-attack".

Pipavav, which is also operated by APM Terminals, did not provide detail on the extent of the impact at its site, but a spokeswoman for APM said the port was "partially impacted".

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

A similar ransomware attack last month named "WannaCry" affected computer systems in 150 countries.

Kremlin-controlled Rosneft, Russia's largest crude producer, said it avoided "serious consequences" from the "hacker attack" by switching to a backup system for managing production processes.

The group said it is working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and global cybersecurity agencies, and is continuing to assess and manage the situation "to minimize the impact on our operations, customers and partners from the current situation". But Tehan said "all indications would point to" it being the same virus.

The global wire quoted a Ukrainian media company, which was hit, as saying its computers were blocked and it had received a demand for $300 worth of the Bitcoin crypto- currency to restore access to its files.

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