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Australia ports operator suffers 'cybersecurity incident', suspends operations

The Australian government said on Saturday that it was coordinating a response to acybersecurityincidentthat forcedportsoperatorDP WorldAustraliatosuspendoperationsatportsin several states.

A DP WorldAustraliaspokesperson told Reuters on Saturday thatoperationsat impactedportswere not yet restored. A statement said the company was “working around the clock to restore normaloperationssafely” after the breach was detected late on Friday.

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, on Saturday that the government was coordinating a response.

Australia’s National Cyber Security Coordinator, appointed earlier this year in response to several major data breaches, was managing the official response to theincident, O’Neil said.

DP WorldAustralia, part of Dubai’s state-ownedportsgiant DP World,operatesfour container terminals inAustraliain Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and WesternAustralia’s Fremantle.

According to DP World, in the Asia Pacific region it employs more than 7,000 people and hasportsand terminals in 18 locations.

(Published 11 November 2023, 06:56 IST)

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