Work at Indian container port stalled by malware

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While the terminal operator is taking steps to address the issue, it is anticipated that there could be bunching of in-bound and out-bound container cargo, it said.

A senior shipping ministry official told PTI that they are taking all possible steps to ease traffic congestion arising out of the attack.

"An unforeseen situation has developed at the JNPT owing to disruption in the operations of one of the private terminal operator, APM Maersk".

The Maersk group confirmed that its operations were hit by the cyber incident.

"We have been taking proactive steps. we have sent out advisories (on the cyber attack and the malware)".

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The official explained that JNPT is trying to help the company, but there is little that others can do as the problem is with the systems.

Several companies and government institutions across the globe also fell prey to the attack that began in Ukraine. "We can confirm that on Tuesday, June 27, AP Moller-Maersk was hit as part of a cyber attack named Petya, affecting multiple sites and select business units", Maersk said in a tweet. "We will update when we have more information", the spokesperson said in a written statement issued globally.

A major global cyber-attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia's biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware thatlast month infected more than 300,000 computers, according to Reuters.

The "Petya" ransomware has caused disruption at firms across the USA and Europe including advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft.

Asian business have been reporting that they have fallen victim to the major global ransomware cyber-attack which swept through Europe and the United States on Tuesday.