Prosecutors probe cyber attack on Belgian ports

Prosecutors probe cyber attack on Belgian ports
Bruges port – an important commerce hub in Flanders. Credit: Belga

Belgium has opened a criminal probe into a cyber-attack targeting oil movements through the ports of Antwerp and Bruges.

Antwerp prosecutors and the country's federal computer crime unit are collaborating with Dutch and German divisions through Europol, media reported.

Belga News Agency said that international terminal operator Sea Invest's systems ground to a virtual standstill this week, citing further intrusions at subsidiary Sea-Tank in Ghent.

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