A major ransomware attack struck multiple companies in numerous countries this morning. Firms from the U.K. to the Ukraine are reporting cyber-attacks.
This attack has hit companies ranging from major manufacturers to food producers, to central banks. The subway system in Ukraine was hit particularly hard.
This attack is said to be a version of the Petya ransom Trojan virus.
Many organisations worldwide affected right now by a new variant of the Petya ransom trojan. Spreading mechanism unknown at the time.
— Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) June 27, 2017
Here are more details:
British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence.
Ukrainian firms, including the state power company and Kiev’s main airport were among the first to report issues.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has also had to monitor radiation levels manually after Windows-based sensors were shut down.
Experts suggest the malware is taking advantage of the same weaknesses used by the Wannacry attack last month.
“It appears to be a variant of a piece of ransomware that emerged last year,” said computer scientist Prof Alan Woodward.
Here are more companies being affected, via the Guardian:
The attack on Tuesday caused serious disruption at firms including the advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft.
The food giant Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping and transport giant AP Moller-Maersk also said their systems had been hit by the malware, the second large-scale cyber attack in as many months.
Amid all this chaos, it’s worth asking: Do these firms employ the same technicians as the Democratic National Committee?
All joking aside, cyber-security should be taken seriously. Let’s hope this situation is resolved as soon as possible.
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