Govt engaging with Moller-Maersk to resolve ‘Petya’ ransomware attack’ at JNPT

Vastavam web: India government is engaging with Danish firm AP Moller-Maersk to ensure that normalcy is restored at the earliest at the JNPT port that was hit by the ‘Petya’ ransomware attack. National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai said he, along with state and port authority officials, are at the venue to assess the situation.Operations at the terminal of the nation’s largest container port Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) were impacted last night as a fallout of the global ransomware attack, which has crippled some central banks and many large corporations across Europe.

Rai said the government is extending all help to the Danish company to address the situation.Some of the biggest corporations, including Russia’s largest oil company Rosneft, Ukraine’s international airport, shipping firm AP Moller-Maersk, and advertising giant WPP have been affected by Petya, which comes close on the heels of the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack.In India, private port operator APM Terminals Pipavav’s operations too have partially been hit by Petya.”We have been informed that the operations at GTI have come to a standstill because their systems are down (due to the malware attack). They are trying to work manually,” a senior JNPT official had said.

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.Meanwhile, in a post on its website, AP Moller-Maersk said it has “contained” the issue and is working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and global cyber security agencies.The Indian government has already issued advisories to all critical sectors, including power to stay vigilant against any possible threats.