Petya cyberattack fizzles out as vaccine found, Maersk still on shut down
Tuesday's widespread cyberattack appears to have a solution after tearing across the globe, taking down businesses, government and even the Chernobyl radiation monitoring system.
Whilst May's WannaCry ransomware engulfed an astonishing number of businesses and organizations, Petya has had a significantly more modest impact but still caused outages that have wrecked havoc.
Chernobyl's nuclear power plant is just one area that has been affected, with the radiation monitoring computer system having to be switched to manual in order to prevent radiation leaks.
However, various solutions have been floated - one suggests turning your computer off whilst the rebooting screen is shown, which would effectively cancel the encryption process.
Another Twitter user has found a temporary 'vaccine' by creating a file in the computer that prevents the ransomware program running.
Shipping and logistics giants Maersk was just one major company to be hit, with the attack impacting on the company's infrastructure and IT systems. In an update sent to customers on Tuesday, Maersk commented:
"Following on from our communications yesterday (27th June 2017) regarding the impact of the global cyber attack, Petya, on A.P. Møller-Maersk group, we can confirm that some of our IT and communications infrastructure have been impacted and we have proactively shut down as a security measure."
Maersk also confirmed in the update that "all immediate vessel operations will continue as planned" and that cargo in transit will be offloaded as planned.
The update relayed the information that some APM terminals are affected, but access to ports has not been impacted.
Due to the effects on IT systems, Maersk has said that they are currently "unable to serve new quotes or accept future bookings" whilst their main communication method will be via social media.
New speakers announced for Procurement & Supply Chain Live
Two leading executives in supply chain transformation have been confirmed for this year's Procurement & Supply Chain Live event.
Procurement & Supply Chain Live is the perfect opportunity to hear from prominent executives at the world’s leading procurement and supply chain businesses. The event will be streamed live from Tobacco Dock, London via the leading networking platform Brella.
The three-day show, running 28-30 September 2021, is an essential deep dive into the industry, with influential speakers sharing insights and strategies from their organisations, group roundtable discussions, and fireside chats.
We take a look at the latest additions to the already amazing lineup of speakers announced so far, and what they will bring to the flagship event.
VP Global Supply Chain at Macmillan Education Ltd
Shaun Plunkett has over 30 years of supply chain leadership experience in FMCG, entertainment and media sectors, supporting multi-billion euro businesses including Universal Music, EMI, Sony Music, Harper Collins and Associated British Foods. He has a track record of successfully delivering transformational change coupled with award winning operating models and developing and coaching global teams. Plunkett says that challenging the status quo is at the heart of what drives him on a daily basis - and encouraging others to continuously push the boundaries.
Read more about Plunkett’s involvement in Macmillan Education’s supply chain transformation HERE
Digital Transformation Lead, Oracle UK and Board Member, CILT at Macmillan Education Ltd
Vikram Singla is digital transformation director at Oracle, UK. He helps supply chain and finance business leaders leverage technology to deliver meaningful business outcomes for their organisations. He also serves on the board if CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport) – UK and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglian Ruskin University. Singla has more than 25 years’ experience in the technology sector, and in global supply chain transformation, including deploying business transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. In his spare time, Singla is a passionate brand ambassador for Cancer Research.
Plunkett and Singla join a growing line-up of speakers, including: Sheri R. Hinish, IBM; Robert Copeland, G4S; Daniel Weise, BCG; Mark Bromley, Mastercard; David Loseby, Rolls Royce; and Ninian Wilson, Vodafone Procurement Company.