Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

'Petya' Cyberattack Cripples Ukraine, And Experts Say It's Spreading Globally


But Cisco Talos says one way the ransomware got into computer systems was through software in Ukraine, a country that was hit especially hard by the attacks. The radiation monitoring system at Chernobyl was taken offline, forcing employees to use hand-held counters to measure levels at the former nuclear plant's exclusion zone.

WannaCry was based on exploits stolen from the National Security Agency - including a program called EternalBlue, which exploited a Microsoft vulnerability.

Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it.

India's government on Wednesday said operations at a terminal at the country's largest container port in Mumbai, run by Maersk, were disrupted.

A spokesperson for global crime agency Europol said: "Europol is aware of multiple reports in the media regarding a developing ransomware attack, we are liaising with cyber units in the member states and key industry partners to establish the full nature of this attack at this time".

"It appears to be a variant of a piece of ransomware that emerged a year ago", said computer scientist Prof Alan Woodward.

In an internal memo to staff, one WPP firm said it was the target of "a massive global malware attack, affecting all Windows servers, PCs and laptops".

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In either case, experts warn that it could spread globally, raising fears of another widespread attack like the WannaCry outbreak that struck in May.

"The hacking attack could lead to serious consequences, but the company has moved to a reserve production processing system and neither oil output nor refining have been stopped", it added.

Some experts said it looked likely to be a criminal scam, while Ukraine suggested that its archrival Russian Federation could have been behind the attack.

"All businesses should immediately update their Windows operating system with the latest security patches and there are instructions on the ACSC website to do this", he maintained according to Australian Financial Review.

In addition, the Antonov aircraft-builder, the Kiev metro and Borispol worldwide airport have confirmed cyber attacks on their computer systems. The Ransom virus attacked computers.

So far there was no clear indication of who was behind the attack.

"As ransomware also typically spreads via email, customers should exercise caution when opening unknown files", the Microsoft spokesperson said.

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