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Operations At L.A. Port's Largest Terminal Shut Down By Cyber Attack

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A cyber ransom attack on global shipping company Maersk (which handles about one of every seven cargo containers shipped around the world) has closed port terminals in several countries, including one right here in Los Angeles. According to CBS LA, APM Terminals (the terminals operating unit of A.P. Moller-Maersk) stopped their operations at the Port of Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, and has not reopened as of Wednesday morning.

"We can confirm that Maersk has been hit as part of a global cyber attack named Petya on the 27 June 2017. IT systems are down across multiple sites and select business units," a press release from Maersk states. "...We have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue. ...APM Terminals is impacted in a number of ports. ...We continue to assess and manage the situation to minimize the impact on our operations, customers and partners from the current situation."

Maersk's Los Angeles operations are located at Pier 400 in the Port of Los Angeles, and is the port's largest operator by cargo volume

“There were no ships at berth at the terminal, and none are scheduled on Tuesday or Wednesday,” Phillip Sanfield, a spokesperson for the Port of Los Angeles, said, notes the Long Beach Press Telegram. “Trucking companies and others have been notified not to come to the terminal.”

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“When a terminal doesn’t have a ship it still does some landside operations,” Sanfield continued to CBS on Wednesday. “It prepares for the next ship and there’s a lot of cargo moving around the docks on the landside, and from what I understand they stopped those operations today due to the issue. They haven’t given us any ETA on when they are due back up.”

Morten Imsgaard, an analyst with Sydbank, told Reuters that Maersk's operations may not recover "for many days," and that the cyberattack "could have a large economic impact for the company, although it depends on how soon it will be able to get its systems running again."

“I am sure this will be the topic of a lot of discussion in the maritime industry in the weeks and months to come,” Sanfield concluded to the Press Telegram.

LAist contacted the Port of Los Angeles and APM Terminals for comment, but we have not heard back by publication.