Petya Ransomware attacks Jawaharlal Nehru Port

Petya Ransomware attacks Jawaharlal Nehru Port: A Global Cyber Attack which is known by the name Petya Ransomware hits the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai on Wednesday, Forcing to shut down one of its terminals. Before attacking India, it has disabled Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and several other MNCs in Europe.

Petya Ransomware attacks Jawaharlal Nehru Port
Petya Ransomware attacks Jawaharlal Nehru Port

One of the Official said the attack has affected all the Software Operations held by Gateway Terminal India. The terminal which is being operated by AP Moller-Maersk is affected worldwide, it has the capacity to handle over 1.8 million container units.

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Petya Ransomware attacks Jawaharlal Nehru Port

One of the Officials of JNPT said, “There are tree terminals for loading and unloading the containers in JNPT. While JNPT themselves manage one of them, the other two including GTI, are being handled by the private sectors”.

The Official also informed that as per GTI is concerned more than 2,000 to 5,000 containers are received and delivered on the daily basis. Also, the process of loading, as well as unloading of containers, is mainly done by software. If the Software is down sometimes, the operations are being performed manually.

“In reality, nothing could be done manually in that system. You have two options, either work with software or stop it. Thus because of this attack, virtually no work is being conducted at GTI since last night. This attack will have a worldwide impact as thousands of companies from across the globe send and receive containers from this terminal”, the GNPT Official added.

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The Hague-based ATM Terminal operated in the Pipavav terminal in Gujarat. This terminal is a subsidiary of shipping giant Maersk which is also affected by the Petya Ransomware.

The Ransomware attack exploits the code “Eternal Blue” which was stolen from the US National Security Agency. The code was also used in the previous ransomware attack “WannaCry”.

The Attack affected all the computers running on Microsoft Windows by encrypting their Hard drives and then overwriting the files, they demanded $300 from all the people in order to restore their data. As per the reports by blockchain.io, which is a public ledger of transactions, 30 plus victims have transferred bitcoin to the account which was associated with the attack.

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As per the report by Microsoft, the virus may have been spread through the defect in the security update that is released in March.

Before a month, WannaCry Ransomware is a malicious virus that has disabled systems all across the globe in more than 150 countries. The Virus locks data on all the computers which can only be released by paying a particular amount of Bitcoin. This Cyber-attack has affected various nations, which stopped operations at hospitals, government offices, and telecommunication companies.

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