Belgian prosecutors have launched an investigation after a cyberattack hit major European ports.
State agency AFP reported on 3 February that an investigation has been launched into the hacking of oil facilities in Belgium’s ports, including the Port of Antwerp.
According to a specialised broker, AFP notes that the alleged hacking is affecting multiple European ports, disrupting the unloading of barges in the oil market.
Reuters reported that the cyberattack hit businesses in the Port of Antwerp late last week.
Belgian business daily De Tijd reported that terminal operator Sea-Tank had been hit by a cyberattack on 28 January.
This is the latest in a number of increasing incidents in cyber-crime affecting the ports industry: in September last year Port Houston announced it was targeted in a cybersecurity attack in August, believed to have originated from a nation-state actor.