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global shipping feels fallout from maersk cyber attack

by:CNS     2019-10-31
London, Jonathan southell (Reuters)-
Global shipping still feels the impact of cyber attacks. P. Moller-
Two days ago, Maersk showed that computer viruses may be dependent on technology and cross-border
Internet industry.
About 90% of world trade is transported by sea, and ships and ports are the lifeblood of the global economy.
Ports increasingly rely on communication systems to ensure smooth operation. Any IT failure will cause serious interference to the complex logistics supply chain.
Cyber attack is one of the biggest.
Global shipping is affected.
Several port terminals operated by Maersk, including the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, are still working to resume normal operations after a massive disruption.
For example, the South Florida Container Terminal said that dry goods could not be delivered and containers would not be received.
Anil Diggikar, president of JNPT port near the business center in Mumbai, India, told Reuters that he did not know \"when the terminal will run smoothly \".
Maersk himself expressed his uncertainty, and Maersk told Reuters that some IT systems were still shut down and could not determine when normal business operations would resume.
The company says it is unable to comment on specific issues that violate IT systems or network security because it \"has all the hands available focused on practical things, bring things back \"normal \".
The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated throughout the industry as it is the world\'s largest container shipping company and also the operator operating 76 ports through its APM terminal division.
Container ships transport most of the world\'s consumer goods and food, while dry bulk carriers transport goods including coal and grain, and tankers transport important supplies of oil and gas.
\"Since Maersk accounts for about 18% of all container trade, can you imagine that this is bound to bring panic to the logistics chain of all shippers around the world?
Khalid Hashem, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand\'s largest dry cargo ship owners, said.
\"No one knows where their goods are now (or)containers are.
This lack of knowledge \"black hole\" will continue to exist until Maersk is able to re-launch their system.
\"Back to basically, the computer virus that researchers call GoldenEye or Petya began to spread in Ukraine on Tuesday and affected companies in dozens of countries.
Maersk said the attack caused a malfunction in its global computer system.
Dean McGrath said that in the ensuing turmoil, the unloading of ships at the group\'s Tacoma terminal slowed sharply on Tuesday and Wednesday, where the chairman of the international terminal and Warehouse Union was there on the 23rd.
The pier is a key supply line for domestic goods such as milk, groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.
\"They went back to basics and did everything on paper,\" McGrath said . \".
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