Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption
- Author: Wendy Palmer Jun 29, 2017,
Jun 29, 2017, 15:31
Denmark's shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S (MAERSK-B.KO) said Tuesday that its computer systems had been brought down by a cyber attack.
Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said a cyber attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world. "We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations". "We are assessing the situation".
Operating the world's largest container line Maersk has been at the forefront of digitalisation in the sector.
In Russia a powerful virus attack on their servers, said the company "Rosneft".
"Even post WannaCry attack, with our experience we can say that over 50 per cent of Windows systems are still not patched across India".
According to the release, Maersk is also taking the necessary precautions to ensure continued operations.
"There will be some level of impact on the orders we are in the process of transporting right now", he said.
Australia's government says two Australian companies have been struck by a ransomware attack that is likely the same virus affecting computers across the world. A computer screen cyberattack warning notice reportedly holding computer files to ransom, as part of a massive worldwide cyberattack, at an office in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday June 27, 2017, A new and highly virulent outbre. At India's largest container port, one of the terminals was idled by the malicious software, which goes by a variety of names including ExPetr. Microsoft issued a security fix in March, but Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer at the security firm Veracode, said it would only be effective if every single computer on a network were patched - otherwise, a single infected machine could infect all others.
He said some delays could not be avoided but declined to say how widespread they were.
The hacks targeted government ministries, banks, utilities and other important infrastructure and companies nationwide, demanding ransoms from government employees in the cryptocurrency bitcoin. "We have contained the issue and are working on a technical recovery plan with key IT-partners and global cyber security agencies", the group said, also via social media, including Facebook.
It came as company and government officials reported major disruption to the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices.
The JNPT official further said the port has made available excess parking space for the container traffic within the port premises and Dronagiri at Cidco.
"Another global cyber attack is fitting end for first month of theshadowbrokers dump service", the group said, referring to a subscription service which purportedly offers hackers early access to some of the digital NSA's break-in tools.
Bitdefender, a Romanian cyber security company said: "A massive ransomware campaign is now unfolding worldwide".