Malware closes port terminal
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.