DP World Australia revealed that hackers stole employee data in a cyberattack.
The attack disrupted operations at ports in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle.
The company disconnected from the internet to prevent further unauthorized access.
DP World Australia, a major ports operator in the country, has revealed that hackers gained access to files containing personal details of employees following a cyber incident that disrupted operations earlier in November.
The breach, which was discovered on November 10, severely impacted the company’s operations, affecting container terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle. While the investigation concluded that customer data remained secure, the compromised information included personal details of current and previous employees.
The company, which handles approximately 40% of Australia’s import and export goods, disconnected from the internet after detecting the breach, significantly impacting freight movements. DP World has since cleared the backlog of over 30,000 containers, but the incident highlights the growing threat posed by cyberattacks on Australia’s critical infrastructure.
A recent government report indicated that cyberattacks on Australia’s businesses, homes, and critical infrastructure are occurring every six minutes, emphasizing the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures.
DP World has not disclosed any details about the perpetrators behind the attack but has confirmed that the incident was confined to its Australian operations and did not impact its global operations.
The company also stated that no ransomware was found or deployed within its Australian network. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the pervasive nature of cyber threats and the importance of safeguarding sensitive data.
Organizations must prioritize cybersecurity measures, including regular security audits, employee training, and incident response plans, to mitigate the risks associated with cyberattacks.
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