As firms gauge cost, Ukraine says cyberattack under control

Government of Ukraine

P. Moller Maersk, which owns drilling firm Maersk Drilling and oil firm Maersk Oil, as well as a huge container shipping business, are among a slew of companies across the globe hit by the Petya ransomeware virus.

A number of Maersk's 76 container terminals were affected and were forced to run on manual systems, AP Moller Maersk chief operating officer Vincent Clerc told AFP, refusing to specify which terminals were impacted because of the "fluidity of the situation". "This is being addressed by the company and we do not know how long it would take to resolve the issue", the official said.

The Danish shipping giant confirmed it had been part of a global ransomware attack Petya on 27 June and that IT systems were down across multiple sites and select business units.

He said that many a time, the trade does the filing work for a consignment on the system up to 48 hours in advance, hinting that the impact will be felt more as time progresses. Access to most ports was not impacted, however some APM Terminals are affected and gates are closed.

According to the release, Maersk is also taking the necessary precautions to ensure continued operations.

It said in a statement that an unforeseen situation has developed at JNPT, Sheva owing to disruption in the operations of one of the private terminal operator, APM Maersk.


Shipping Ministry also said, JNPT has opened up its parking lots for cargo destined to the private terminal.

Global firms scrambled to cope with fallout from a cyberattack that disrupted computers across Europe and the US, as A.P. Moeller-Maersk, the world's biggest containership operator, shuttering terminals around the world.

"Maersk Line vessels are maneuverable, able to communicate and crews are safe".

"Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you. But we have made alternative arrangements", Mr Diggikar said.

"We have it contained.by proactively shutting down systems and computers to prevent it from further contaminating our systems".

The virus, whose victims included major global companies from Merck MRK & Co.to PAO Rosneft, bore similarities to last month's global ransomware attack but was in some ways more insidious, security experts said.

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