Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says that government is currently investigating whether or not Transnet’s ‘cyber attack’ is related to the recent unrest and riots in the country that engulfed parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng. Ntshavheni held a media briefing in Pretoria to provide an update on government’s interventions to rebuild the economy and address various issues following the recent violent protests
Transnet was reportedly hacked and this led to some of the port’s container terminals to shut down. Sources have confirmed to the media that the attack occurred early on Thursday, 22 July.
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During the briefing, Ntshavheni said that it is not yet clear whether the two are related.
“At this stage we do not know, we are investigating, and when that has been confirmed or disputed we are going to make that announcement. Currently we are treating it as an unrelated event,” Ntshavheni said.
In a statement, Transnet confirmed that it is currently experiencing a disruption in some of its IT applications, and is still trying to identify the source of the problem.
“All business continuity plans have been activated. Operations across the Group are continuing, with the Freight Rail, Pipelines, Engineering and Property divisions reporting normal activity.
“Port terminals are operational across the system, with the exception of container terminals, as the NAVIS system on the trucking side has been affected. In the Eastern Cape, terminal operations have been halted due to inclement weather conditions, and will continue manually once it is safe to do so.”
Transnet also said that work is underway to reduce the downtime to ensure that the impacted systems are up and running again as soon as possible.
Three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday, that the logistics firm was hit by a suspected cyber attack.