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DP World says port operations have resumed after cyber attack

The Australian port operator says all its ports are back in operation, but investigations are ongoing.

user icon David Hollingworth
Mon, 13 Nov 2023
DP World says port operations have resumed after cyber attack
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Port operator DP World has released a statement days after all four of its Australian ports were forced to shut down after a cyber attack on Saturday (4 November).

“DP World Australia is pleased to announce that operations resumed at the company’s ports across Australia at 9am (AEDT) today, 13 November, following successful tests of key systems overnight,” the statement said.

“The company expects that approximately 5,000 containers will move out of the four Australian terminals today.”

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DP World’s ports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle all shut down on Saturday after the company detected unauthorised access to its networks. It shut down internet connectivity immediately to stop further access, resulting in the closure of its port operations.

“This was necessary to contain the incident and minimise the impact on their employees, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders,” the company said in a statement on Saturday.

While operations have resumed, the company is still working with several federal agencies to investigate the incident.

“The ongoing investigation and response to protect networks and systems may cause some necessary, temporary disruptions to their services in the coming days,” DP World said in today’s statement. “This is a part of an investigation process and resuming normal logistical operations at this scale.”

“DP World Australia is continuing to work closely with, and appreciates the support of, the National Cyber Security Coordinator, the Australian Cyber Security Centre, the Australian Federal Police, Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security Clare O’Neil, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King, and other relevant government regulators and bodies.”

DP World said remediation of the event is “likely to continue for some time”.

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