to updateTens of thousands of shipping containers are piled up at Australian ports after port operator DP World was hit by a cyberattack on Friday. This was reported by the Australian Financial Review business newspaper on Sunday. The newspaper said that it is impossible for trucks to enter the stations to pick up or drop off their shipments because the systems are not connected to the Internet. Meanwhile, ships can still load and unload containers.
The cyberattack forced DP World to cut internet connections at the ports of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Fremantle on Friday. This puts an end to unauthorized access to the port network. But on the other hand, this decision also meant that systems critical to the operation were no longer operational. DP World said on Sunday it had made “significant progress” in restoring systems and shipping operations, although the disruptions would continue for several days.
The AFR also reports that DP World has not yet received a ransom demand. The port operator also does not know from what angle the cyber attack is coming, or where the hackers are coming from.
According to Australian Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neill, the ports affected by the cyber attack account for 40 percent of goods flows to and from the country. She reported this on X. The minister said: “This incident reminds us of the grave danger that cyber attacks pose to our country and the critical infrastructure on which we all depend.”
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