Cyber attack disrupts operations of private terminal operator at JNPT

Cyber attack disrupts operations of private terminal operator at JNPT


Cyber attack disrupts operations of private terminal operator at JNPT


New Delhi:  Operations of one of the private terminal operator at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has been disrupted following a cyber attack. The Shipping Ministry in a statement said, “An unforeseen situation has developed at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Sheva owing to disruption in the operations of one of the private terminal operator, APM Maersk at JNPT”. The Government said that the private terminal operator had informed that this disruption was a consequence of a worldwide disruption being faced by them because of a cyber attack. The global ransomware attack had crippled several companies across the world such as Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational companies in Europe. The statement said that while the terminal operator was taking steps to address the issues, the Shipping Ministry and the JNPT were alive to the situation and taking steps to ensure minimum disturbance to trade, transporters and above all local citizens. Meanwhile, Maersk in its twitter handle said, "We can confirm that on Tuesday 27 June, A P Moller -- Maersk was hit as part of a global cyber-attack named Petya, affecting multiple sites and select business units. We are responding to the situation to contain and limit the impact and uphold operations”. The statement also said that since the congestion could create difficulties in traffic management, JNPT has opened up its parking lots for cargo destined to this private terminal, the statement said. Further, CFSs have been advised to hold the cargo in their yards. JNPT was also working with local authority CIDCO, to identify more parking areas. Traffic control teams were being deployed to address potential road congestion. The situation was being closely monitored and further steps to deal with the traffic situation would be initiated based on an assessment during the course of the next few days. Dr Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator was proceeding to JNPT to further deal with the situation, the statement said.

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