Ransomware attack paralyzes Japan’s largest port

The Port of Nagoya in Japan is the latest maritime big name to be hit by a ransomware attack.

A crippling system error was discovered Tuesday morning, resulting in the port being unable to load and unload containers from trailers.

An investigation has been launched into the attack, which local media said came from Russia-based ransomware group LockBit 3.0.

Japan’s largest port by cargo handling is responsible for handling some of Toyota Motor’s car exports. The carmaker said the attack will not affect shipments of new cars, but imported and exported parts cannot be loaded or unloaded at the port until the problem is resolved.

According to the port authority, operations are expected to resume on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. local time.

The attack on Nagoya is the latest in a series of cyber attacks on ports around the world. Last Christmas, the Portuguese port of Lisbon was attacked by LockBit, shutting down its operations for days. Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s busiest container port, was also subjected to a ransomware attack last year. Three Canadian ports were attacked in April, but the ports reported that operations were unaffected and there had been no data breach.

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