The Wanna Decryptor ransomware, a virus that has spread across 150 countries and affected thousands of computers, has caused a New Zealand port to take action against the threat.
Christchurch's Lyttelton Port, a critical link in both the regional and global trade networks and the largest port and container service in New Zealand’s South Island, has reported that a temporary shut down is needed to secure its IT system after global security threats from WannaCry cyber group.
The ransomware virus demands victims pay to have encrypted data restored.
In a statement on its website, the port said it needed to schedule an “unavoidable urgent systems outage” tomorrow, May 16, 2017, from 11pm until 7am on Wednesday.
The outage will affect the port’s container terminal and inland ports and depots.
Christchurch's Lyttelton Port stated that the outage will allow security measures to be put in place “necessary to respond to this threat that is affecting systems worldwide”.
It added: “Due to this outage, operations will be temporarily suspended during this time. There will be no R&D throughout this period. The outage will also affect use of the N4 Export Pre-advise system. There are no shipping services scheduled to be worked during this period.”
Please contact Port Technology if you have any information on a port regarding the Wanna Decryptor attack.