Ransomware hits India’s Largest Nhava Sheva Port in Mumbai

Nhava Sheva Port
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The attack of the malware on the computers has not yet ended as last night in JNPT (Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust), it was confirmed by the government that the famous Ransomware had hit one of the terminals.

An official said, “The (shipping) ministry has confirmed that one terminal at JNPT (also known as Nhava Sheva Port) has been affected due to the attack at Maersk’s Hague office”. He also mentioned that the report would be shared by the government when it is available.

Maritime conglomerate Maersk group has also confirmed that the group’s operations were hit by the malware. The company tweeted  “We can confirm that on Tuesday, June 27, AP Moller-Maersk was hit as part of a cyber attack named Petya, affecting multiple sites and select business units.” It also informed, “We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations.”

In the current scenario, the group is analyzing and managing the circumstance to reduce the impact of the cyber attack, especially on its customers and partners.

The nation’s largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) was impacted by the global ransomware, which had the operations of the segment at the terminal.

One of the affected business entities, AP Moller-Maersk, that has the caliber to 1.8 million standard container units operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at JNPT.

As per sources, a senior JNPT official said, “We have been informed that the operations at GTI have come to a standstill because their systems are down (due to the malware attack). They are trying to work manually.”

There might be clogging of cargo due to which extra space has been arranged for the same.

Sources reveal that new Ransomware virus called Petya has hit 17 APM terminals, including two in Rotterdam and 15 in other parts of the world.

APM Terminals, the subsidiary of Maersk, has confirmed that it has been hit by the cyber attack. A spokesperson said “We can confirm that Maersk’s IT systems are down across multiple geographies and business units due to a cyber attack. We continue to assess the situation. The safety of our employees, our operation, and our customers businesses is our top priority. We will update when we have more information.”

After malware Wannacry and Judy it is Petya that has taken the board to hit the systems.

Reports also revealed that those companies which were hit by the Petya today included “Russia’s biggest oil company Rosneft, global advertising giant WPP Group and multiple institutions in Ukraine, including its central bank and an international airport.”

A Ukrainian media company said that its computers were blocked and a demand was made for USD 300 worth of the Bitcoin crypto-currency to restore access to its files.

The origins of the malware and the hackers were traced by the Moscow-based cyber security firm Group-IB to a code, developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA). This was leaked and then used in the Wannacry ransomware attack that caused global disruption last month, according to an AFP report.

A lot of cyber attacks have been seen from past few weeks with different names of viruses being published. Steps have to be taken to stop these attacks, so as to have a smooth functioning of the programs and set ups as they form the source of revenue for almost all the companies.