The Maersk group has been hit by a cyber attack that has affected its operations around the world, closing terminals in Rotterdam and the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The Danish transport and energy group said its information technology (IT) systems are down across multiple sites and business units owing to the attack.
“We continue to assess the situation,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter.
“The safety of our employees, our operations, and customers’ business is our top priority.”
“We will update when we have more information,” the Copenhagen-based company said.
APM Terminals (APMT) Maasvlakte 11 container terminal in Rotterdam is said to have shut down owing to the attack.
APMT’s terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey was also impacted, and forced to close for the day.
The attack is disrupting operations for businesses and governments throughout Europe, hitting Ukraine particularly hard, and is similar to the so-called “WannaCry” attacks that paralyzed digital infrastructure around the world in May, according to the Russian cybersecurity firm Group-IB.
Like WannaCry, this attack involves ransomware, which hijacks control of a computer and demands payment to an online address in return for regaining acess to data and systems.
This is not the first time a container line has fallen victim to a cyber attack, as a 2011 cyberattack against state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines crashed the carrier’s IT system, resulting in the loss of data tracking its 170-ship fleet and some cargo.
In 2014, hackers stole financial records, customer data and shipment manifests from as many as seven shipping and logistics companies.
A 2011 cyberattack against state-owned Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines crashed the carrier’s IT system, resulting in the loss of data tracking its 170-ship fleet and some cargo
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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