Major Australian port operator closes amid cybersecurity incident, impacting goods at home and abroad

Australia’s second largest port operator has closed due to a cyber security incident, impacting the movement of goods in and out of the country.

DP World Australia, which operates ports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle, is responsible for 40 percent of ocean freight and said it began responding to a cybersecurity incident on Friday.

Although ships can still unload cargo, the cargo cannot leave the port.

“To protect our employees, customers and our networks, we have restricted land access to our Australian port operations while we continue our investigation,” a spokesperson said.

The operator said it took immediate action that included disconnecting internet connectivity, which stopped any ongoing unauthorized access.

This resulted in key systems underpinning operations at its Australian ports not functioning normally.

DP World said its response was comprehensive and included engaging with cybersecurity experts, actively investigating the incident and notifying relevant authorities.

The company said on Saturday night that it continued to respond to the situation “24 hours a day” and ensured that “sensitive inbound cargo” could still be processed.

Home Affairs Minister Claire O’Neil said the federal government was aware of the incident and received regular briefings from DP World.

She said the National Cyber ​​Security Coordinator, Air Marshal Darren Goldie, would provide technical advice and assistance as required.

On Saturday, he tweeted that the government was responding to a “cyber incident of national importance affecting a number of maritime port facilities.”

“This disruption is likely to continue for several days and will impact the movement of goods in and out of the country.”

DP World Australia is one of three port operators in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and one of two operators in Fremantle.

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