Ransomware: Shipping Ministry confirms attack on JNPT

  • Ransomware: Shipping Ministry confirms attack on JNPT
28-06-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

The Shipping Ministry on Wednesday has confirmed that one terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai has been affected due to ransomware cyber attack.

It said in a statement that an unforeseen situation has developed at JNPT, Sheva owing to disruption in the operations of one of the private terminal operator, APM Maersk. The situation is being closely monitored and further steps to deal with the traffic situation will be initiated based on an assessment during the course of the next few days said the statement.

The Ministry and JNPT are taking steps to ensure minimum disturbance to trade, transporters and more importantly local citizens.

Meanwhile, the Government today said it has initiated proactive measures and is keeping a close vigil on the ransomware attack that has hit Europe, maintaining that there is no large-scale impact on India yet.

Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in New Delhi that India is not much affected at this stage and government is keeping a close watch on the matter and has sent out advisories.

Security researchers have discovered a ‘vaccine’ for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world.

The creation of a single file can stop the attack from infecting a machine. However, researchers have not been able to find a so-called kill switch that would prevent the crippling ransomware from spreading to other vulnerable computers. Experts are still unsure about the attack’s origins or its real purpose.

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