Ports report cyber attack fall-out
Ports of Auckland says a massive ransomware attack that targeted international shipping giant Maersk is having an effect on the port’s operations.
Spokesman Matt Ball said the attack was having a big impact on Maersk’s operations globally ’’because they have had to close down their entire global system to prevent further exposure to the ransomware’’.
That was making operations harder for the port, but it was not yet having an impact on the flow of goods into the shops, he said.
‘‘Until this is resolved Maersk have no means of receiving load lists, discharge lists, or instructions for cargo release. They have even closed down their email servers and are communicating via gmail.
‘‘The first vessel to be impacted by this is calling on Friday,’’ he said.
Ball said some other ports would be harder hit, but no other ports contacted by Stuff on Wednesday had admitted any impact.
Other international businesses which had offices in New Zealand that were reported to have been impacted overseas included law firm PLA Piper and advertising firm WPP.
The criminals behind the attack demanded a US$300 (NZ$410) ransom in virtual currency Bitcoin from victims.
Ports of Auckland says a Maersk line vessel is due to berth on Friday but at the moment the shipping company can only communicate via gmail.