Ports re­port cy­ber at­tack fall-out

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MADI­SON REIDY & TOM PULLAR-STRECKER

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.

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