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Australia has deemed the cyber attack on its ports operator as a "serious" incident.

Australia has deemed the cyber attack on its ports operator as a “serious” incident.

The government of Australia declared the cybersecurity incident that caused DP World Australia to halt operations at multiple ports in various states since Friday as a continuous and significant issue.

DP World Australia, responsible for managing approximately half of the imports and exports in the country, announced that they are investigating potential data breaches and testing essential systems to ensure the resumption of normal operations and regular freight transportation.

The security breach caused a stop in operations at container terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Fremantle in Western Australia since Friday.

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil stated on the social media platform X (previously known as Twitter) that the cyber attack at DP World is a significant and ongoing issue.

A representative from DP World, a subsidiary of Dubai’s government-owned DP World, has yet to reply to a Reuters inquiry regarding the expected time for resuming regular operations. The company is among a select few in the stevedoring industry in the nation.

The Australian Federal Police reported that they were examining the occurrence but chose not to provide further details.

On Saturday evening, Darren Goldie, who was chosen as the National Cyber Security Coordinator this year in light of multiple significant data breaches, stated that the “disruption” is expected to persist for several days and will affect the transport of goods into and out of the nation.

In the Asia-Pacific area, DP World has a workforce of over 7,000 individuals and operates ports and terminals in 18 different locations.