India's largest container port hit by global cyber attack

Cyber attack hits trade routes

The JNPT port, which consists of three terminals, has a capacity to handle 4.5 million standard container units, and GTI Terminal has a 1.8 million TEU capacity. "They are trying to work manually", a senior JNPT official told PTI.

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

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 computer virus used in the attack includes code known as Eternal Blue, a tool developed by the NSA that exploited Microsoft's Windows operating system and which was published on the internet in April by a group called Shadowbrokers.

APM Terminals is a subsidiary of shipping giant Maersk, which has confirmed that it is suffering from a cyber attack.

"We are here to assess the situation and damage that has been caused to the systems of the Danish company". The safety of our employees, our operation and our customers businesses is our top priority.

The strikes follow the global ransomware assault involving the WannaCry virus that affected hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries as extortionists demanded Bitcoin from victims.

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A major global cyber-attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware thatlast month infected more than 300,000 computers, according to Reuters.

Several multinational companies said they were targeted, including U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck, Russian state oil giant Rosneft, British advertising giant WPP and the French industrial group Saint-Gobain.

"We have been taking proactive steps... we have sent out advisories (on the cyber-attack and the malware)..." He was speaking at the national convention in the national capital on "Digitalization: Opportunities and Challenges".

Prasad said the government is keeping close watch on the issue.

It warned that the disruptions could lead to "bunching of in-bound and out-bound container cargo", and truck congestion around the port.

The IT team of AP Moller-Maersk together with the IT companies in the country are working to restore the sytems and resume cargo operations, it said.

Kremlin-controlled Rosneft, Russia's largest crude producer, said in a statement that it avoided "serious consequences" from the "hacker attack" by switching to "a backup system for managing production processes". Ministry of Shipping and JNPT are taking steps to ensure minimum disturbance to trade, transporters and more importantly local citizens.

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