As a cyberattack continued to spread among nations and corporations on Wednesday, the identity and motives of the attackers remain a mystery.
Ports, hospitals and banks around the globe have been hit by a version of ransomware being called ExPetr, similar to Petya but with a different functionality. The list of corporate and sovereign victims continues to expand across the world.
India’s largest shipping port in Mumbai has been hit, cybersecurity expert Ritesh Bhatia said Wednesday. “One terminal has been affected very badly and the entire operations are shut down.”
M.K. Sirkar, a manager at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai, said that no containers could be loaded or unloaded Wednesday at the terminal operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest private shipping company.
In a statement, Moller-Maersk acknowledged that its APM Terminals had been “impacted in a number of ports” and that an undisclosed number of systems were shut down “to contain the issue.” The company declined to provide further details or make an official available for an interview.
Centre of cyberstorm in Ukraine
The effects of the infectious software that encrypts data and demands a ransom for its release are being assessed, but the consensus is that the attack has centred on Ukraine.
Ukraine, the hardest hit country, said it had secured critical state assets, but everyday life remained affected, with cash machines out of order and airport displays operating manually.
The impact of the cyberattack that erupted Tuesday was still being measured at offices, loading docks and boardrooms, but the Ukrainian cabinet said that “all strategic assets, including those involved in protecting state security, are working normally.”
That still left a large number of non-strategic assets — including dozens of banks and other institutions — fighting to get back online. Cash machines in Kyiv seen by an Associated Press photographer were still out of order…