Mal­ware closes port ter­mi­nal

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Alexa D'An­gelo and Jill Leovy alexa.d’an­gelo@la­times.com jill.leovy@la­times.com

The largest ter­mi­nal at the Port of Los An­ge­les re­mained closed Thursday as Dan­ish ship­ping gi­ant A.P. Moller-Maersk con­tin­ued to grap­ple with ef­fects of a cy­ber­at­tack that rip­pled across nu­mer­ous coun­tries.

The ter­mi­nal, leased by Maersk, has been closed since early Tuesday, and there is no word on when it will re­open, said Rachel Camp­bell, a Port of L.A. spokes­woman.

Maersk has said that 17 of its ship­ping con­tainer ter­mi­nals world­wide were hacked and that, in re­sponse, the com­pany de­lib­er­ately shut down a num­ber of its IT sys­tems. It an­nounced Thursday that it was “cau­tiously pro­gress­ing to­ward tech­ni­cal re­cov­ery.”

At the Port of Los An­ge­les, one ship was an­chored out­side the break­wa­ter Thursday wait­ing to dock, though of­fi­cials were not cer­tain when that can hap­pen since the ter­mi­nal must first con­firm it is ready to re­ceive ves­sels, Camp­bell said. The seven other con­tainer ter­mi­nals at the Los An­ge­les port re­mained open, Camp­bell said.

On Wed­nes­day, Maersk said that most of its ter­mi­nals were op­er­a­tional again. “Some of these ter­mi­nals are op­er­at­ing slower than usual or with lim­ited func­tion­al­ity,” it said.

All Maersk Line ves­sels are un­der con­trol, em­ploy­ees are safe and on­board com­mu­ni­ca­tion is func­tion­ing, the com­pany said. Maersk also an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it had on­line book­ing tools up and run­ning again.

The com­puter worm af­fect­ing Maersk — dubbed NotPetya by some re­searchers to dis­tin­guish it from an ear­lier strain of mal­ware it re­sem­bles — erupted Tuesday in Ukraine, af­fect­ing power, gov­ern­men­tal and other con­cerns there. The worm quickly spread to many other coun­tries.

Salim Neino, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Kryp­tos Logic, a Los An­ge­les cy­ber­se­cu­rity com­pany, said the worm in­fected 2 mil­lion com­put­ers in the first two hours af­ter its re­lease.

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