Petya: Govt working with Maersk to resolve situation at JNPT

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Experts say that the real economic damage from the "Petya" attack stems not from the ransom, but from the way it forces companies to take down their own business IT systems in order to prevent the malware from spreading.

Netherlands-based shipping company TNT Express, now a subsidiary of FedEx, also said it was experiencing system interference following a global cyber attack, however, it did not specify whether or not it was related to the Petya attack.

"We are assessing the situation in each terminal and we are tracking down what's going on in all our business units", she said.

Operations at one of the three terminals of the country's largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, JNPT, were impacted last night as a fallout of the global ransomware attack, which crippled some central banks and many large corporations in Europe.

"We continue to assess and manage the situation to minimize the impact on our operations, customers and partners from the current situation", Maersk said. "Precautionary measures have been taken to ensure continued operations", it added.

"Unfortunately due to the impact on our IT and communications systems we are limited in our ability to communicate with you".

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Global firms scrambled to cope with fallout from a cyberattack that disrupted computers across Europe and the US, as A.P. Moeller-Maersk, the world's biggest containership operator, shuttering terminals around the world.

The Danish conglomerate has said that operations at some of APM Terminals' 76 port terminals around the world, including Los Angeles, were affected. The company is working on a technical recovery plan, Clerc said.

Worldwide steel and mining company EVRAZ also said it had been a target of a hacker attack.

Maersk said early Wednesday it was still coping with widespread computer outages at its terminals around the world.

"Like many other companies and institutions around the world, we are experiencing interference with some of our systems within the TNT network", the company said.

Several other multinational companies said they were targeted, including USA pharmaceutical giant Merck, Russian state oil giant Rosneft, British advertising giant WPP and the French industrial group Saint-Gobain.