DP World Australia [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8], the largest ports operator in the country, has temporarily closed its container terminals in Sydney, Melbourne [3] [4] [6] [7] [8], Brisbane [3] [4] [6] [7] [8], and Fremantle due to a serious and ongoing cybersecurity incident. This has resulted in significant disruptions to the movement of goods, with cargo and containers left stranded at the docks. The incident [1] [2] [3] [4] [6] [7], which involves a data breach, is being investigated by DP World Australia, the Australian Federal Police [1] [2] [5] [7], and other stakeholders [1]. The perpetrators of the attack have not yet been identified.


The closure of the terminals has caused delays and disruptions in the transportation of goods, with cargo and containers being unable to move. While limited operations have resumed in Brisbane and Fremantle [8], Sydney and Melbourne are currently only handling imports [8], leading to delays in exports. Despite these challenges, major supermarkets like Woolworths and Coles do not anticipate immediate impacts on their supply chains [6]. To address the backlog [8], DP World may consider subcontracting work to other companies [8]. DP World Australia manages nearly half of the country’s goods flow and has ports and terminals in 18 locations in the Asia-Pacific region.


The closure of DP World Australia’s container terminals has had a significant impact on the movement of goods, causing delays and disruptions in the supply chain. While major supermarkets have not experienced immediate impacts, the situation highlights the serious risk that cyber attacks pose to Australia’s vital infrastructure [1] [2]. The investigation into the data breach is ongoing, and efforts are being made to identify the perpetrators. The Australian government is collaborating with DP World Australia to resolve the issue and strengthen reporting requirements for companies through proposed cyber security laws. Moving forward, it is crucial for organizations to prioritize cybersecurity measures to mitigate the risk of similar incidents in the future.


[1] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-11-12/government-respond-to-port-cyber-hack-dp-world/103095182
[2] https://www.cnn.com/2023/11/13/tech/australia-dp-world-cyberattack-ports-intl-hnk/index.html
[3] https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-11-11/dp-world-australian-ports-cyber-security-incident/103094358
[4] https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/cyberattack-devastating-impact/
[5] https://www.afr.com/companies/transport/dp-world-shuts-down-ports-over-cybersecurity-incident-20231111-p5ej7y
[6] https://www.bbc.com/news/business-67400164
[7] https://www.reuters.com/technology/cybersecurity/police-investigate-cyber-incident-australia-ports-operator-2023-11-11/
[8] https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2023/nov/13/australian-port-operator-hit-by-cyber-attack-says-cargo-may-be-stranded-for-days