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Major Australian port disrupted by cyberattack

November 13 – Since Friday Nov. 10, The Australian government has been grappling with a significant cyber security incident that resulted in the suspension of port operations.

The port organization is responsible for nearly half of the country’s flow of goods and is investigating potential data breaches and assessing critical systems necessary to resume operations and freight movement.

The cyber incident has halted container terminal operations in Australia’s major cities, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle.

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil, has described the cyber security incident as “serious and ongoing.”

National Cyber Security Coordinator Darren Goldie emphasized that the interruption is likely to persist for several days, impacting the movement of goods moving into and out of the country.

This incident portrays the significance of securing critical infrastructure, especially as it pertains to the maritime industry. With major ports playing a pivotal role in a nation’s economic activities and supply chain operations, the need for improved cyber security measures and quick incident response strategies is evident.

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