(Sam Chambers – Splash 24/7)
Maersk officials claim the cyber attack that hit it hard across the group’s global operations has been contained and a “technical recovery plan” is now underway, according to its latest update released this morning. All vessels are maneuverable and crews are safe, Maersk stated.
Maersk was one of the largest corporate names to have been hit by the Petya attack yesterday, underlining to shipping the very real threat posed to global supply chains by hackers. While Maersk has been the most high profile victim of yesterday’s attacks, Splash understands other shipping lines were also hit but have kept quiet on the matter.
As well as impacting offices and vessels, the ransomware hit 17 terminals run by APM Terminals across the world, creating some congestion and confusion in leading gateways such as Los Angeles, Rotterdam and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai. A number of these terminals were forced to close down yesterday and some have yet to reopen. Click here to read more.