The latest cyber attack on Wednesday that hit ports, banks, and hospitals has left governments and companies worrying about the damages made and if it is reversible.
FedEx reported that the deliveries run by their subsidiaries have been slowed down significantly by the attack. Ports that are under the jurisdiction of the Danish A.P. Moller – Maersk is still nonfunctional. In Alabama, they are reporting the use of manual labor with loading and unloading of the containers instead of the computerized workflow. Same happened in India and several cities in the USA.
Moller – Maersk has reported that a fairly big number of their systems have been shut down in order to contain the problem and minimize the damages hopefully. They have refused to make a detailed statement on the actual damages made and are currently not available for an interview.
It seems that Ukraine got the worst hit and it is suspected that the attack actually originated from there. Ukraine has reported that the state assets that were in the most imminent danger are now secure. However, it seems that their everyday life is still affected by the events – cash machines still not operational or airport displays which need to be operated manually.
Although it is evident that the cyber attack has left the world worrying and counting damages, the Ukrainian cabinet is claiming that all of their strategic assets, including the state security ones, are operating normally. However, the issues arise from the large number of non-strategic assets, which mostly include banks and institutions, who are still trying to get back online. All of the previously computerized data and workflows are now being dealt with manually, and naturally, it is taking its toll on the workers and invested time and money.
Not everyone seems to believe the Ukrainian government when they say that they have things under control. Victor Zhora of Infosafe in Kiev thinks that they obviously do not control the situation.
On top of the important, strategic points, it is said that there are thousands of personal computers worldwide that have been damaged and affected by this dangerous malware.