South Africa’s Transnet hit by cyber attack, affecting some container terminal operations -sources

PUBLISHED: Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:48:52 GMT
Zandi Shabalala and Tanisha Heiberg

JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Reuters) – 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.

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“We were told it’s a cyber attack,” 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. (Reporting by Zandi Shabalala and Tanisha Heiberg; editing by Jason Neely and Susan Fenton)