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Another Massive Ransomware Outbreak Is Going Global Fast

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:14 pm

Story : https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/06/27/ransomware-spreads-rapidl





Ukraine's government, National Bank, its transportation services and largest power companies are bearing the brunt of what appears to be a massive ransomware outbreak that's fast spreading across the world and hitting a significant number of critical infrastructure providers.

Whispers of WannaCry abound, though some security experts said on Tuesday that a different breed, named Petya, was to blame. "[We're seeing] several thousands of infection attempts at the moment, comparable in size to WannaCry's first hours," said Kaspersky Lab's Costin Raiu, who added that the infections are occurring in many different countries. Another firm, BitDefender, said it believed a similar strain called GoldenEye was responsible. Later, security firms, including Kaspersky and Avast, said the malware responsible was actually an entirely new ransomware that had borrowed Petya code.

Regardless of the malware, the attacks are now global. Danish shipping and energy company Maersk reported a cyberattack on Tuesday, noting on its website: "We can confirm that Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyberattack." Russian oil industry giant Rosnoft said it was facing a "powerful hacker attack." Major British advertiser WPP said on Facebook it was also hit by an attack, while law firm DLA Piper also confirmed it had been targeted by hackers. None of the companies offered specifics on the nature of those hacks.

Attacks on the U.S. pharmaceuticals company Merck extended to its to global offices, sources told Forbes. Both phones and PCs were out of action at Merck's Ireland offices, and employees were sent home. Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD), the U.K. subsidiary of Merck, confirmed its network was compromised. "We're trying to understand the level of impact," a spokesperson said. "We're trying to operate as normally as possible."







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