Maersk reports large losses as direct result of malware

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Maersk reports large losses as direct result of malwareDanish multinational A.P. Moller – Maersk, the world’s largest container ship company, took a massive broadside from the NotPetya malware attack earlier this summer – resulting in second quarter losses approaching $300m, despite containment of the attack within 24 hours. Maersk was quick to emphasise that the malware only affected a third of its businesses, and that all employees and vessels were safe throughout. Still, the systems were impacted enough for the company to have to resort to communicating via WhatsApp… 

Maersk is just one of many big name companies to suffer in the NotPetya assault, which originated in the Ukraine and followed hot on the heels of the equally destructive WannaCry – both of which spread through leakage of the NSA’s EternalBlue vulnerability. Maersk has responded to the previously unchartered NotPetya malware by installing new and increased cybersecurity measures.

The similarly named but unrelated US pharma giant Merck is still ailing from the after effects of NotPetya, particularly in its Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient operations. Highly automated and finely tuned production lines are especially vulnerable to cyberattacks.