Shipping company Maersk targeted in cyberattack

"We can confirm that Maersk's IT systems are down across multiple geographies and business units due to a cyber-attack".

The IT breakdown could extend across the company's global operations, a spokeswoman said, but could not say how Maersk's operations were impacted.With a fleet of more than 600 container vessels, Maersk is the world's biggest shipping company with a market share of around 16 percent.

Whether its various port closures might ricochet more globally will come down to how quickly Maersk restores systems, shipping experts said.

Companies that affected on Tuesday include Russia's biggest oil company Rosneft, global advertising giant WPP Group and multiple institutions in Ukraine including its central bank and an worldwide airport.

Earlier this week, business consultancy Deloitte said that "In 2016, energy was the industry second most prone to cyber-attacks, with almost three-quarters of U.S. oil and gas companies experiencing at least one cyber incident".

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In the U.S, a hospital in western Pennsylvania said it was dealing with a "widespread" cyberattack, but didn't immediately release further details.

Russia's central bank said there had been "computer attacks" on Russian banks and that in isolated cases their IT systems had been infected.

"Our portal is down and we are not able to take on new orders until we get it back up", Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Clerc said by phone, declining to say when systems would return to normal.

Ransomware has hit India the government confirmed on Wednesday.

"We've seen terminals cease operations for maybe technical issues and computer issues, but not for what apparently is a cyberattack", Sanfield said. Multinationals, including the global law firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, were also affected.

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Overall operations have been minimally impacted, port officials.

"A massive ransomware campaign is now unfolding worldwide", said Romanian cybersecurity company Bitdefender, where analyst Bogdan Botezatu said that it appeared to be almost identical to GoldenEye, one of a family of hostage-taking programs that has been circulating for months.

The ransomware is demanding a payment of $300 in bitcoin to decipher the hacked files.

Norway's national security agency said the ransomware was affecting an unnamed "international company" in the country.

Zetter said this software used a vulnerability in a network that could spread to all of a company's computers within hours without a user doing anything.

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Rozenko Pavlo, the deputy Prime Minister, said he and other members of the government were unable to access their computers.


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