COPENHAGEN, Jun 29 (FAM) – The world’s largest container shipping group Maersk has been hit by a major cyber attack that is affecting a number of major companies around the world, with Maersk’s IT systems down across multiple sites and business units.

In a statement this yesterday, parent company A.P. Møller-Mærsk confirmed that Maersk had been “hit as part of a global cyber attack named Petya on the 27 June 2017”, adding: “We have contained the issue and are working on a technical recovery plan with key IT-partners and global cyber security agencies. We have shut down a number of systems to help contain the issue.”

As of this yesterday, subsidiaries Maersk Oil, Maersk Drilling, Maersk Supply Services, Maersk Tankers, Maersk Training, Svitzer and MCI are not operationally affected, although the group said precautionary measures have been taken to ensure continued operations.