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Cyber attack forces Maersk to close terminals

A worldwide ransomware cyber attack is disrupting the operations of many major institutions and businesses, including Maersk, which has responded in two ways:

  • closing 17 terminals
  • not accepting bookings while the company’s IT infrastructure is being shut down for security reasons

Confusion and congestion is being reported at the impacted Maersk terminals, which include operations at Los Angeles, Rotterdam and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai. It is unknown when the company will be able to accept bookings.

The cyber attack, which some have called “shipping’s Y2K moment”, is prompting calls for tighter IT security throughout the entire logistics chain.

If you have any questions concerning shipments booked with Universal Logistics and how they may be impacted by the above, please call (905) 882-4880, ext. 308 – Debbie McGuire, Manager – Freight Solutions.

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