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European Oil Port Terminals Hit by Cyberattack


Antwerp, Belgium's main port, was one of those where oil trading firms systems were hacked by suspected ransomware attackers.

Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP

Major oil terminals at some of Western Europe's biggest ports have been hit by a cyberattack, as energy prices in Europe soar amid tensions with gas supplier Russia.

In Belgium, authorities are investigating the hacking of oil facilities in the country's maritime entryways, including Antwerp, Europe's second biggest port, while German prosecutors are investigating a cyberattack targeting oil facilities in what was described as a possible ransomware strike.

German newspaper Handelsblatt said an initial report from German security services identifies the BlackCat ransomware as the tool used in the cyberattack in Germany.

BlackCat emerged in mid-November 2021 as a software tool that allows hackers to seize control of target systems. Experts note that BlackCat is programmed in the Russian language.

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