Maersk says working on recovery plan after cyber attack


Maersk says it has "contained" the cyber-attack on its IT systems that has hit both Maersk Line and APM Terminals globally.

As stated by the state information technology Agency Switzerland (MELANI), the most vulnerable to the virus, called Petya, was the Ukraine, Russia, UK and India.

A spokeswoman for the company in Copenhagen confirmed its systems were "impacted" as part of Maersk's IT infrastructure.

The company posted on Twitter, "We can confirm that Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units".

The Cabinet said in Wednesday's statement that the cyber-assault has been stopped and the situation now is under "full control".

A terminal operated by Maersk at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, a facility near Mumbai which is India's biggest container port, was unable to load or unload because of the attack.

"So far only the two APM terminals are affected". In particular, about serious problems reported by Reuters, the official representative of the British group WPP, the largest advertising Agency in the world.

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Maersk's port operator APM Terminals was also hit.

A massive hacker attack has hit the servers of the Company.

However, the carrier said it wasn't taking new bookings or offering quotes at the affected terminals.

However, in a digital push Maersk says it is committed to automating its systems to drive efficiency and cut costs, although there is still a huge amount of paperwork slowing down the handling and tracking of containers.

"At this point our entities Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Services, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Training, Svitzer and MCI are not operationally affected", the company said.

The origins of the virus affecting computers were still unknown early Wednesday.

The ransomware was created to spread within corporate networks running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating system, but didn't appear to be harming consumers, security experts said.

Security vendors said the NSA exploit, known as EternalBlue, lets malware spread rapidly across internal networks at companies and other large organizations. The prime minister cautioned that the country's "vital systems" hadn't been affected. We'll keep abreast of the situation and report back when possible. The attacker then demands money to restore access to the system.

Valentina Pop in Brussels, Nick Kostov in Paris, Deborah Ball in Rome and Jennifer Smith in NY contributed to this article.