Ransomware! World-wide hack puts companies and the Rotterdam terminal flat

UPDATED: HACK: For the second time in a short period of time, computer criminals have suffered dozens of companies with a worldwide ransomware attack. In the Netherlands two large container terminals in the port of Rotterdam were closed until tonight. Also, pharmaceutical MSD, parcel delivery TNT and the 38 sites of building material supplier Raab Kärcher have been affected.

The cyber attack ended in the afternoon as a running fire over the world and shut down computers. The Danish container giant Maersk is one of the first victims, but soon it appears that many more companies have been affected. American pharmaceutical Merck, Russian oil giant Rosneft, British advertising company WPP, Spanish food company Mondelez: The computer systems were flat everywhere. In Kiev, the airport was hit by Kiev, like several banks.

Ransomware is a virus that makes users’ PCs inaccessible. Only after payment of a certain amount can the computer be used again.

It is the second time in a short time that a ransomware attack systems are flat. Last month, the WannaCry cryptoworm made victims worldwide. In one day, 230,000 computers were infected in 150 countries. Among other things, British hospitals, German railways and Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica were affected.

Unclear is what hackers are behind this attack, but on infected computers they display a screen text requiring $ 300 in bitcoins. That amount must be transferred to a special digital wallet. However, whoever does does not get the hosted files back. According to internet security company Fox-IT, it is impossible to reach the makers of the software for the solution. Their email addresses have now been blocked.

According to Ronald Prins, CEO and founder of Fox-IT Internet Security Company, the attack is a variant of the Petya ransomware that last year emerged. “It’s a fierce version that itself looks and distributes the systems.” The company has set up a crisis team to assist customers. Six parties have now paid. Which they are, Prince does not want to say.

The cyber attack shows that there is something fundamentally wrong with how companies deal with computer security, says Prince. “I did not think this attack would have such a global impact. If companies had previously installed patches for this type of ransomware, the damage had never been so great.”

Due to the fact that Maersk’s first name is a victim, the port of Rotterdam is well affected. The Danes have two of ten container terminals, in addition, Maersk’s container terminal branch APM Terminals is located in The Hague.

“Within one hour all systems were out,” says a Dutch Maersk employee who does not want to be named by name. “Well, 50 terminals have been hit, in Europe, Asia, North and South America.” Maersk himself confirmed the problems for 14 container terminals. At APM Terminals a war room has been set up to solve the problems.

But Maersk is not the only victim in our country. Pharma MSD, the Dutch daughter of Merck, was also affected. In Oss and Haarlem, production was partly quiet. And with construction materials supplier Raab Kärcher, the work of all 38 branches has come to a halt. “Raab Kärcher has been hit by a computer failure this afternoon. At this time, we can not guarantee the normal course of business, “the company informed.

The attack comes at a very spicy moment. Tomorrow, Port Cyber Top takes place in Antwerp. “Cyber crime is currently the biggest threat to business and government,” the top is voted, the first edition of which was in Rotterdam last year. “The impact can be big, especially for port and industrial.”

The damage is soon in millions of euros, port economist Peter de Langen says. “Ships that are stills, ships to sail to other ports, customers who do not get their stuff on time,” he sums up. On board a ship are thousands of containers filled with clothing, electronics, parts, raw materials for factories.

“Because ships never really go on time, there’s often a margin. But one day later, five percent of people and companies who have ordered items are already in trouble. That’s what happens every day.”

As the delay increases, it also takes longer before all ships reside according to timetable. “The after eye effect is also great.”

Container terminals have been highly automated in recent years, adds his colleague port economist Bart Kuipers. “It’s practical IT companies. If the computers are flat, the terminals can no longer exist. The computers determine which containers are to be unloaded and loaded and where they go. “The APM terminal on the Second Maasvlakte belongs to the most modern of the world. “The nose of the salmon, also with regard to security policy. That being affected says a lot about the vulnerability of all companies. This is dramatic.”

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) closely monitors the worldwide global infection with ransomware. The service will be in close contact with the authorities abroad. “Currently, what ransomware is used and how systems are being infected is being investigated.” According to the NSCS, the economic impact may be high if the failures take long.

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