Transnet Ltd SOC ‘Transnet’ has reportedly been hacked and this has 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.
The key ports of Durban and Richards Bay had just started to return to normal, as had the critical rail line between Durban and Gauteng, after disruption from riots and looting.
TRANSNET INVESTIGATING DISRUPTION ON ITS IT SYSTEMS
In a statement, Transnet said 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 Ltd SOC
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.
As of Thursday, 22 July at 15:00 the company’s website is down.