Port of Nagoya recovers from ransomware attack

Port of Nagoya cyber attack

The Port of Nagoya in Japan has started to resume operations after being targeted by a ransomware attack earlier this week.

The attack disrupted cargo packing procedures and forced the suspension of operations at the container terminal, reported Bloomberg.

According to the Nagoya Harbor Transportation Association, one cargo terminal resumed operations on 6 July afternoon, with others scheduled to restart later in the day.

While the systems at the port were restored earlier, the recovery process took longer due to the large amounts of deleted data that needed to be recovered.

The attack did not impact the shipment of new cars for Toyota, the world’s largest carmaker, but it affected the loading and unloading of imported and exported parts at the port.

Ransomware attacks on ports are not isolated incidents. Similar incidents have occurred at other ports worldwide, including the Port of Lisbon in Portugal, and major ports in Canada back in April.

READ: Pro-Russian hackers suspected in cyber attacks on Canadian ports

Mihoko Matsubara, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at NTT Corporation, told CNN that the attack “created great concerns over the impact on the local economy and supply chain including the auto industry.” 

He further emphasized the need for critical infrastructure operators in Japan to conduct drills for cyberattacks and have response plans in place to mitigate such threats.

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