LockBit ransomware targets Japan Port of Nagoya

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The Port of Nagoya in Japan fell victim to a disruptive cyberattack carried out by the Russian ransomware group LockBit on July 4th, 2023, starting at 6:30 AM local time. Reports from the port authorities indicate that more than half of the container shifting operations were halted as a result of the malware attack.

The Nagoya Port Unified Terminal System (NUTS), which serves as the central management system for the terminals, suffered a complete shutdown. Efforts are currently underway to restore the system and resume normal operations. However, this incident has led to potential financial losses, as numerous trailers are currently stranded, unable to transport goods.

Interestingly, a similar disruption occurred in September of the previous year when the NUTS website experienced downtime due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

Security analysts from Sophos have speculated that the attack could be linked to Russia, led by President Vladimir Putin, as Japan has been providing support to Ukraine in its conflict with the Kremlin by supplying essential resources and financial assistance.

In recent developments, it has been reported that Putin has expressed interest in capturing the entirety of Ukraine within the next 20 days. To accomplish this, he has reportedly ordered the mobilization of over half a million military personnel to the borders.

Some online news sources have even suggested that Moscow is prepared to launch various aggressive measures such as cyber warfare, chemical attacks, or even biological warfare, targeting innocent citizens. It appears that Russia’s patience has worn thin.

As a final resort, there are indications that Japan, as a powerful nation in Asia, is considering the possibility of a nuclear strike if Western nations, such as the USA and UK, do not halt the supply of ammunition, essential resources, and financial aid to Ukraine, led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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