A new cyber attack is affecting computers across the globe. The attack appears to have been caused by a ransomware called “Petya” which reboots infected computers and prevents them from working. The ransomware authors then demand payment in bitcoin for each affected computer.
This fresh outbreak is smaller than last month’s Wannacry attack, but the scale is nonetheless considerable, and its global spread is causing concern.
So, which countries have been hit, and who is affected?
Global shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk, based in Copenhagen, said that its IT network was down across multiple sites and business units.
UPDATE 15:00 CEST pic.twitter.com/L5pBYvNQd3— Maersk (@Maersk) June 27, 2017
France’s Saint-Gobain industrial group has said that its computers are part of the attack.
The Deutsche Bahn rail operator in Germany is said to have been affected.
Several terminals of APM Shipping, a subsidiary of AP Moller-Maersk, are reporting problems.
Although the head of Ukraine’s National Security Council has been quick to point the finger at Russia, Russia’s Rosneft oil company and the Evraz steel and mining companies are among those affected by the cyber virus.
In Spain a number of companies are said to have been hit, including telecommunications giant Telefonica.
Once again, Ukraine has been badly hit, with its state-controlled power distrubutors, the National Bank of Ukraine, Kiev’s Boryspil airport and metro system, and several telecommunications firms affected. There are reported that the Chernobyl nuclear plant has been impacted, though officials have been quick to state that there is no risk of a radiation leak.
Chernobyl’s radiation monitoring system affected by cyber attack:spokeswoman https://t.co/ofUYB7sKCx— Tim Hogan (@TimInHonolulu) June 27, 2017
Rozenko Pavlo, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister posted a photograph of his blocked computer on twitter.
London-based WPP, the world’s largest advertising agency was the first UK company to report problems. Staff were told to turn off their computers and not to connect to Wifi.
IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack. We are taking appropriate measures & will update asap.— WPP (@WPP) June 27, 2017
Global legal firm DLA Piper also appears to have been hacked.
DLA Piper statement on malware attack https://t.co/vT24ZHL4gK— Louis Lehot (@lehotlouis) June 27, 2017
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