A major ransomware attack effected many companies in several countries this morning. Firms from the Ukraine to the UK are reporting cyberattacks. Major manufacturers to central banks have been hit, but the subway system in the Ukraine was hit hard.
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
A British advertising agency, WPP was among those to report that its IT systems had been disrupted.
Ukrainian firms, including the state power company and Kiev’s main airport were among the first to be attacked.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant had to monitor radiation levels manually after Windows-based sensors were shut down.
Experts suggest the malware is similar to 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.
The Political Insider reports:
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.