Petya ransomware cyberattack: Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port hit

Petya ransomware attack: Operations at one of the three terminals of the nation's largest container port JNPT were impacted tonight as a fallout of the global ransomware attack, which crippled some central banks and many large corporations in Europe

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: June 28, 2017 10:28 am
Fearing some clogging up of cargo, additional parking space is being made available, the official said, promising to help in any way that is possible. The Hague-based APM Terminals also operates the Pipavav terminal in Gujarat. ( Representational Image)

Operations at one of the three terminals of the nation’s largest container port JNPT were impacted tonight as a fallout of the global ransomware attack, which crippled some central banks and many large corporations in Europe. AP Moller-Maersk, one of the affected entities globally, operates the Gateway Terminals India (GTI) at JNPT, which has a capacity to handle 1.8 million standard container units.

“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,” a senior JNPT official told PTI tonight. The official explained that JNPT is trying to help the company, but there is little that others can do as the problem is with the systems.

Fearing some clogging up of cargo, additional parking space is being made available, the official said, promising to help in any way that is possible. The Hague-based APM Terminals also operates the Pipavav terminal in Gujarat.

Foreign media reports from the Netherlands capital The Hague quoting the pubcaster RTV Rijnmond said a new ransomware virus called Petya has hit 17 APM terminals, including two in Rotterdam and 15 in other parts of the world. APM Terminals is a subsidiary of shipping giant Maersk, which has confirmed it is suffering from a cyber attack.

When contacted, an APM spokesperson refused to comment on the India impact of the attack. “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,” the spokesperson said in a written statement issued globally.

The current attacks come weeks after the Wannacry ransomware attack, which impacted systems of many companies. Companies that affected today include Russia’s biggest oil company Rosneft, global advertising giant WPP Group and multiple institutions in Ukraine including its central bank and an international airport.

An AFP report quoting the Ukrainian central bank said a cyberattack hit several lenders in the ex-Soviet republic, hindering operations and leading the regulator to warn other financial institutions to tighten security measures.

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

The global wire quoted a Ukrainian media company, which was hit, as saying its computers were blocked and it had received a demand for USD300 worth of the Bitcoin crypto-currency to restore access to its files.

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    ladu
    Jun 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    Not possible. What happens to Modiji's 'digital India'. Stand up start up and Bhim app. Kya hoga hamara. This is again terrorism from Pakistan or an infection that Modi got from hugging Nawaz during surprise visit to Lahore. Digital India Digital India
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      Uday Yadav
      Jun 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm
      Is everything in India named after Nehru and his accursed progeny?! "No wonder it is infected.
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        ladu
        Jun 28, 2017 at 2:13 pm
        yes good point. Only that Nehru spent nine years in Jail fighting the British. Wrote some of the most incisive and critically rewarding books on India like Discovery of India (you should read it). And framed a foreign policy architecture for Asia. Interacted with some of the most knowledgeable scholars , philosophers and thinkers in his time (not just hugs). Yes he was an educated, erudite scholar and thinker and leader. Modi truth be told is a chai wala who has the instinct s of a street thug. ll he can do is hug and look at Priyankas legs. So maybe not a bad idea to name a few ports and places after him.
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          RN
          Jun 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm
          LOL...Nehru was offered a private jail with a private kitchen and a private garden for being a loyal subject of the british raj. He did not even pass his law school and got a "compassionate" degree , also called a "gentleman degree" granted to rich dumb kids. He was a degenerate womanizer who sold out India and died of STD ( ually transmitted disease). His child grew up in an orphanage as admitted by his own personal secretary in his diary. To top it all, he was born in a red light district of UP, Allahabad, so no one really knows who is real father is.