‘Petya’ ransomware attack targets Maersk

On Tuesday, the ‘Petya’ ransomware cyberattack began hitting companies throughout Russia, Europe and the U.S.

Initial reports indicated the attack disrupted more than 80 companies.

Infected computers displayed a message demanding a Bitcoin ransom.

The cyberattack hit numerous companies ranging from food processors to crude oil producers to European government agencies as well as A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company.

Maersk’s port operator APM Terminals was also hit, with Dutch broadcaster RTV Rijnmond reporting that 17 shipping container terminals run by APM Terminals had been hacked, including two in Rotterdam and 15 in other parts of the world.

In a notification Maersk confirmed that some IT and communications infrastructure has been impacted and proactively shut down as a security measure.

All immediate vessel operations will continue as planned, making the majority of planned port calls.

Access to most ports is not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed.

Cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned and import Cargo will be released to credit customers, which means that cargo under MIQ Logistics control should not be impacted.

At the present time Maersk are unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings.

MIQ Logistics will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds. For more information, please contact your MIQ Logistics account manager or email info@miq.co.uk.