Global companies hit by major cyber attacks

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"We can confirm that on Tuesday, June 27, AP Moller-Maersk was hit as part of a cyber-attack named Petya, affecting multiple sites and select business units", Maersk said in a tweet. Experts say that the real economic damage from the "Petya" attack stems not from the ransom, but from the way it forces companies to take down their own business IT systems in order to prevent the malware from spreading.

He said Maersk had no precise timeline for when it expected its business to return to normal and said it was too early to assess the economic impact the cyber attack would have.

"There will be some level of impact on the orders we are in the process of transporting right now", he said. The attack has affected Maersk's container bookings and its terminal operations, with as-yet-unknown implications for the firm's revenue. "Precautionary measures have been taken to ensure continued operations".

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According to his calculations, Maersk's shipping lines - Maersk Line itself, Safmarine, Seago, MCC Transport and Sealand - book 3,300 teu every hour, representing some $2.7m in revenue per hour.

We have contained the issue and are working on a technical recovery plan with key IT-partners and global cyber security agencies.

"Like many other companies and institutions around the world, we are experiencing interference with some of our systems within the TNT network", the company said.

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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. With the Gateway Terminal India facility unable to identify which shipment belongs to whom, the port is clearing cargo manually, Chairman Anil Diggikar said in a phone interview.

Additionally, the company's ships are also able to sail and their crews can communicate safely with the outside world. "We have specifically warned repeatedly against the likelihood of ransomware (and similar) attacks", he said. "So, we have asked them to divert traffic to the other two terminals", a senior port official told PTI.

The cyber attack has also hit Russia's top oil producer Rosneft and a number of Ukrainian commercial banks, as well as state and private companies.

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