JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - A cyber attack disrupted container operations in the South African port of Cape Town, according to an email viewed by Hfrance .fr Thursday.
Durban, the busiest maritime terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, was also affected, three sources told Hfrance.fr. direct knowledge of the subject.
The Cape Town Harbor Carriers Association stated in an email to members, seen by Hfrance.fr: " Please note that the operating systems of the port have been cyber attacked and that there will be no movement of cargo until the system is restored. "
The official Transnet website was down Thursday displaying an error message.
Transnet, which operates major South African ports, including Durban and Cape Town, and a huge rail network that transports minerals and other commodities for export, confirmed that its computer applications were disrupted, and identified the cause.
He declined to comment on whether a cyber attack caused the disruption. The sources, who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the press, said an attack took place on Thursday morning.
The state-owned company The company already suffered major disruptions at its ports and national freight rail line last week following days of unrest and violence in parts of the country.
The latest disruption delayed containers and auto parts, but goods were mostly unaffected as they were in another part of the port, one of the sources said.
This will also create backlogs which may take time to clear up.
Transnet said its container terminals were disrupted while its
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