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NotPetya cyber attack totally destroyed Maersk’s computer network: Chairman

From SC Magazine:

Shipping giant and NotPetya victim Maersk was forced to replace tens of thousands of servers and computers in the aftermath of the June 17 ransomware attack, the company’s charman said in Davos at the World Economic Forum.

Maersk Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe said while participating on a cybersecurity panel at the conference that his company replaced 45,000 PCs, 4,000 servers and install 2,500 applications. The computer system runs an operation where a ship carrying 20,000 containers enters a port every 15 minutes somewhere around the world. Overall, Maersk handles 20 percent of all world trade, he said.

“We found we had to reinstall our entire infrastructure. It was done in a heroic effort in just 10 days,” he said, adding such a job should take about six months to complete.

The massive IT undertaking along with business lost due to the almost total shutdown of the company’s computer network has cost Maersk between $250 million and $300 million. During the period when the computer network was being rebuilt all transactions had to be completed manually, but Snabe said this only resulted in about a 20 percent fall off in the amount of freight being handled due to the hard work by company employees and their customers being very understanding of the situation.

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