Shipping company hit by global cyber attack

Maersk IT systems down across multiple sites and select business units.

One of the world’s largest shipping companies, A.P. Moller–Maersk Group (Maersk), confirmed Wednesday that it was part of the Peyta global cyber attack that plagued several companies on June 27. The company said its information technology (IT) systems were down across multiple sites and select business units.

“We have contained the issue and are working on a technical recovery plan with key IT partners and global cyber security agencies,” Maersk said in a statement. “We have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue. At this point, our entities Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Services, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Training, Svitzer and MCI are not operationally affected.”

Precautionary measures have been taken to ensure continued operations, the company added.

The company did note that its Maersk Line vessels are maneuverable and able to communicate and that the crews are safe. However, APM Terminals, which operate in five of the 10 busiest ports of the world, have been affected in a number of ports, the company said.

“We continue to assess and manage the situation to minimize the impact on our operations, customers and partners from the current situation," Maersk said. "Business continuity plans are being implemented and prioritized. The aggregate impact on our business is being assessed.”

Maersk has roughly 88,000 employees across operations in 130 countries. It has a fleet of 639 ships that sail every major trade lane on the globe.

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