The aftermath of a cyber-attack on APM Terminals all over the world is approaching its fourth week, as truckers continue to report delays at the gates. The attack occurred on June 27, and is believed to have been an attempt to wipe company computers completely, according to the Journal of Commerce (JOC).
APM's ability to complete electronic bookings or communicate with customers was severely impacted. The terminal in Elizabeth, New Jersey was not able to use computers, phones or email systems and was closed to truckers for roughly ten days. In Rotterdam, the fully automated Maasvlakte II terminal was knocked out for a full week. All things considered, however, the impact of the attack on the ports themselves was not as great as initially feared. Significant impacts have been short-term, but most facilities were able to stay open, albeit operating at a much slower pace with manual processes.