Nagoya Port Reopens After Devastating Cyber ​​Attack

Operations at Japan’s busiest port of Nagoya resumed this afternoon local time after a more than 48-hour outage following a suspected Russian ransomware attack.

The Nagoya Harbor Transportation Association said operations of the Nagoya United Terminal System, which operates the port’s five container terminals, were restored at 7:30 a.m. today, but full recovery of data lost by the cyber attack was only achieved in the afternoon.

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest automaker and a major user of the port, said the cyberattack had no impact on its auto exports and production.

The association said its systems were attacked at 6:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

Loading containers onto trucks and loading and unloading ships have been suspended, disrupting companies’ supply chains.

Nagoya is an industrial center and its port’s main cargoes are auto parts and industrial machinery.

About 200 million tons of cargo are handled annually in Nagoya, the highest of all Japanese ports. Last year container handling in Nagoya was 2.68 million TEU.

The Nagoya Harbor Transportation Association said it had prepared a police report on the incident, which it believes was a cyber attack.

The association noted that some containers that had been unloaded prior to the cyberattack could not be loaded onto trailers during the outage, leading to long queues near the port.

While container ships calling at Nagoya mainly carry vehicle parts, they also carry food, which is a cause for concern.

Cyber ​​security specialist Infosec Partners said the risk of cyber attacks is increasing as ship infrastructure and port activities become increasingly interconnected and rely on operational technology.

Rightship statistics show that in 2022, half of maritime cyberattacks will take place in ports and terminals. In January, the Portuguese port of Lisbon was affected by a ransomware attack, and in June 2017, 17 container terminals operated by APM Terminals were hacked.

The Nagoya Harbor Transportation Association said at the time: “All affected parties are currently working together to restore the situation. We are doing our best and aim to have the system operational by 6 p.m. on July 5.”

The association, which includes transportation companies using Nagoya Port, continued, “Please understand that the start of work may be delayed depending on the status of system recovery.”

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