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Maersk makes contingencies in the wake of Petya ransomware attack

As of Wednesday evening Maersk Line said it was taking bookings via box platform INTTRA in the wake of Tuesday’s cyber attack while sister firm APM Terminals said most of its terminals were back up operating, albeit not all of them at normal speeds.

The Maersk Group became the most high profile maritime hacker victim in history on Tuesday when the Petya ransomware crippled much of the giant Danish conglomerate’s operations across the world.

The Petya ransomware takes over computers and has demanded a $300 payment. The malicious software spreads rapidly across an organisation once a computer is infected using the EternalBlue vulnerability in Microsoft Windows or through two Windows administrative tools. The malware tries one option and if it does not work, it tries the next one. It has a better mechanism for spreading itself than WannaCry, another recent ransomware creation.

The Financial Times today suggested Maersk had been hit hardest among all companies in the world from the Petya attack.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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