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An international port operator is hit by a ransomware attack.
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
17 October 2022 Netherlands Port Virus/Ransomware


The victim, a multinational port operating entity headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, operates 74 port and terminal facilities in 40 countries. According to sources, on 17 October, its Guatemalan subsidiary was victim of a ransomware attack. The Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) of the attack seem to correspond with activities reputed of the Hive ransomware group, which later proclaimed responsibility.

The encryption of company systems was claimed on 7th of November. However, the extent of encrypted data and any subsequent discussions with the organization remain undisclosed.


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Recommendations to Port to reduce Virus/Ransomware risks:

  • Map, understand, patch and secure your exposed assets on the Internet.
  • Implement email filtering systems to detect and block phishing emails.
  • Train your organisation, personnel regularly against these threats.
  • Install efficient Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) tools.
  • Work with your CSIRT organization to better understand the Tactics, Techniques and Procedures used by threat actors.
  • Monitor your IT and OT systems to quickly detect potential pre-ransomware activity.
  • Implement an efficient offline backup policy.
  • Encrypt all sensitive data to avoid further data leaks.
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