On June 27th, 2017, a dangerous ransomware attack called Petya hit businesses all over Europe, including Denmark based transport and logistics conglomerate Maersk group, which suffered a cyber attack from hackers who used a modified version of Petya called NotPetya. The attack was so massive that Maersk suffered a million of dollars loss, while its cyberinfrastructure was shut down making it impossible for the company to operate.
Maersk Is Back
However, during the ongoing World Economic Forum in Davos Maersk Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe revealed some in-depth details on NotPetya attack on the company according to which the company had to go through a complete overhaul of its system by reinstalling its “entire infrastructure including 45,000 PCs, 2,500 applications, and 4,000 servers in a “10 days heroic effort”
“Normally I come from an IT background you will see it will take 6 months but it took 10 days and heroic effort and I can only thank the employees and partners we had on doing that,” said Hagemann. “Imagine a company where a ship with 10 to 20 thousand containers is entering a port every 15 minutes, and for 10 days, you have no IT – It’s almost impossible to even imagine.”
Hagemann further said that the company is now working on keeping its cyberinfrastructure secure since “We were basically average when it came to cybersecurity, like many companies.”