Cyberattack On DP World Leads To Container Backlog With 30,000 Containers Stuck At Ports

The cyberattack is being investigated by police. According to Nicolaj Noes, who runs the Oceania company, DP World is searching through its systems to find out where the hackers may have been, what data they may have looked at or transferred, and if they left malicious software.

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Noes informed the paper that there was a chance that the firm’s monitoring software’s alarms provided it enough time to close down its computers before data was taken or locked up.

Following a significant cyber assault on DP World Plc last week, about 30,000 containers queued up at ports around Australia. The company has resumed cargo handling activities after a brief suspension.

The November 10th hack on DP World, one of the world’s largest port operators, resulted in an enterprise shutdown across the eastern ports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle in the west.

While operations partially restarted on November 13th, DP World warned that the investigation into the assault and efforts to protect the network could interrupt services for days.

On November 13th, the business plans to move 5,000 containers off the four ports, less than a fifth of the average daily amount.

DP World handles about 40% of all products entering and leaving Australia, subjecting the country to significant economic and commercial consequences from a single corporate attack.

The maritime commerce behemoth is the latest in a long line of high-profile cyber-attack victims this year.

This is not the first time that major ports have been targeted by hackers.

In the words of Ports Australia, a key industry association, Australia’s ports are crucial to its economy, with the country transferring 98% of its goods by sea. While Australia is a major agricultural, energy, and mining exporter, much of what Australians consume on a daily basis is imported, from computers to clothes, even pharmaceuticals.

Reference: TTNews

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