ACFS Port Logistics wards off cyber attack


The national container logistics company had its systems breached on Tuesday, affecting operations and empty container park services.

ACFS CEO Arthur Tzaneros says despite the attack, the company’s systems are coming on line server by server.

Warehousing operations, empty container parks, transport and remaining systems are all expected to return less than 48 hours after the cyber breach.

“”It’s been an amazing effort by the team,” Arthur says.

“We caught the cyber incident very early and shut all our systems down very quickly so information wasn’t compromised. It was all managed very, very quickly, due to the security systems we had in place.”

Tsaneros would not be drawn on the detail of the attack, beyond saying that it was “a typical cyber incident.”

“I can’t say too much more than that but I want to make it very clear, ACFS does not pay ransoms,” he adds.

Once the threat had been established, the company sought to minimise disruption where it could at a time of peak demand – empty container depots were accepting de-hired containers, while manual processes were undertaken for driver and container details.

Services for export containers, however, were affected.

The incident serves as a further warning, should that be needed, that transport and logistics is as exposed as any other industry to cyber-criminal activity.

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