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February 23, 2022

India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal hit by cyberattack

The attack was detected on 21 February and port authorities are now working to restore critical operating systems.

A state-operated container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has experienced a suspected ransomware attack that affected its management information system (MIS).

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT), which is the oldest in the harbour, detected the attack on 21 February, reported The Loadstar.

The port authorities are currently working to restore the critical operating systems.

No official updates regarding the source and type of attack have been issued by JNPCT.

Following the attack, JNPCT diverted one of its scheduled vessels to a nearby terminal and also stopped accepting ships.

According to port sources, the other private terminals at the port are functioning normally.

The JNPT at Navi Mumbai is claimed to be India’s ‘premier’ container handling port.

It handles nearly half of the total containerised cargo volume in the country.

Commissioned in 1989, JNPT is connected to more than 200 ports globally and currently runs five container terminals.

These include JNPCT, Nhava Sheva International Container Terminal (NSICT), Gateway Terminals India (GTIPL), Nhava Sheva International Gateway Terminal (NSIGT) and Bharat Mumbai Container Terminals (BMCT).

Cyberattacks are increasingly becoming an issue of concern in the maritime industry.

Last November, French company Bureau Veritas, which specialises in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services, experienced a cyberattack that affected its cybersecurity system.

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