IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation bliz

4,000 servers, 45,000 PCs and 2,500 apps all rebuilt, while other staff went manual

By Richard Chirgwin

It’s long been known that shipping giant Maersk suffered very badly from 2017’s NotPetya attack.

Now the company’s chair has detailed just how many systems went down: basically all of them. Speaking on a panel at the World Economic Forum, Møller-Maersk chair Jim Hagemann Snabe detailed the awful toll of the attack as necessitating the reinstall “4,000 new servers, 45,000 new PCs, and 2,500 applications”. Or as Snabed described it: “a complete infrastructure.”

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