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WannaCry Cyberattack


The Lyttelton Port, Christchurch temporarily suspended operations on Tuesday night (16th May) in response to the ongoing WannaCry cyberattack, which has infected thousands of computers worldwide.

Lyttelton Port


Published: 18 May 2017

In an attempt to "...limit the risk of attack", council-owned Lyttelton Port suspended operations overnight while an urgent IT security update was implemented. In a statement posted on its website, the port said, "LPC has scheduled an unavoidable urgent systems outage that will affect the Container Terminal and Inland Ports/Depots."

It went on to say, "An IT outage will commence Tuesday 16 May 2017 at 2300hrs until Wednesday 17 May 2017 at 0700hrs, and will allow the Port to apply the required security measures necessary to respond to this threat that is affecting systems worldwide."

LPC's response mirrors Champion Freight's, implementing an immediate IT security upgrade earlier this week to counter the spread of the infection.

WannaCry is the world's largest ransomware attack, which targets computers running Microsoft Windows. Infected computers are encrypted, making it impossible to view stored data until a ransom is paid. Initial reports estimate 230,000 computers have been affected worldwide in over 150 countries.

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