EXCLUSIVE-South Africa’s Transnet hit by cyber attack, affecting some container terminal operations -sources
South African state-owned logistics firm Transnet was hit by a suspected cyber attack, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday, affecting some of its container terminal operations. Transnet, which operates major South African ports, including Durban and Cape Town, and a huge railway network that transports minerals and other commodities for export, confirmed it was experiencing disruptions to its IT applications and was identifying the source.
Two of the sources said the attack occurred early on Thursday. Transnet said its container terminals were impacted by the disruption while its freight rail, pipelines, engineering, and property divisions were reporting normal activity.
“We were told it’s a cyberattack,” said a source at Durban port, one of the busiest ports in Africa. Durban is a hub for exports including agricultural commodities, minerals, and imports such as crude oil and petroleum products.
Transnet’s official website was also down on Thursday showing an error message.
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