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Major Australian ports blocked after a cyber attack on DP World

Pierluigi Paganini
November 14, 2023

A cyber attack on the logistics giant DP World caused significant disruptions in the operations of several major Australian ports.

A cyberattack hit the international logistics firm DP World Australia and disrupted the operations in major Australian ports.

DP World is a global leader in logistics, providing comprehensive supply chain solutions to the world’s largest shipping lines, multinational companies and governments. The company’s core business is the operation of marine terminals, which it does through a network of over 80 terminals across 6 continents. DP World also provides a range of other logistics services, including freight forwarding, warehousing, and distribution.

DP World Australia

The company notified law enforcement and advised the Australian Government that the interruptions would impact the ports for a number of days, rather than weeks. The Australian Federal Police is investigating the security incident.

The company was forced to disconnect its systems from the internet and interrupted operations at ports in Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle and Brisbane. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the attack had blocked an estimated 30,000 shipping containers across DP World’s yards nationally.

“The ongoing investigation and response to protect networks and systems may cause some necessary, temporary disruptions to their services in the coming days,” a DP World spokesman told the newspaper.

“This is a part of an investigation process and resuming normal logistical operations at this scale.”

The procedure adopted in response to the incident suggests that DP World may have suffered a ransomware attack, but local media learned from people informed of the incident that it was not a ransomware attack. 

The company did not share details about the attack, rumors speculate the company was the victim of a ransomware group that exploited a recently disclosed Citrix Netscaler vulnerability codenamed ‘Citrix Bleed. According to some experts, including the popular cyber security researcher Kevin Beaumont, multiple threat actors are currently exploiting this vulnerability to gain initial access to the victims’ networks.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, DP World)

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