Global cyberattack: What you need to know

Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption

Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption

Experts said the latest ransomware attacks, dubbed GoldenEye, were a variant of an existing ransomware family called Petya.

The attack was confirmed to have spread beyond Europe when USA drugmaker Merck, based in New Jersey, said its systems had also been compromised.

The spy agency has not said publicly whether it built Eternal Blue and other hacking tools leaked online by an entity known as Shadow Brokers.

All Russian branches of Home Credit consumer lender are closed because of a cyber attack, an employee of a Home Credit call centre in Russia said.

The cyberattacks recalled the WannaCry ransomware outbreak last month which hit more than 150 countries and a total of more than 200,000 victims.

The statement also said that all "technological systems of the station operate in the normal mode", but that "in connection with the cyberattack, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant website is not working".

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 email account to which victims send their ransoms was suspended by the German hosting provider Posteo by noon local time on June 27 and the Bitcoin wallet associated with the attack has not been accessed.

According to the sources, this attack had a worldwide impact.

Still, the attack could be more unsafe than traditional strains of ransomware because it makes computers unresponsive and unable to reboot, Juniper Networks said in a blog post analysing the attack.

India's shipping ministry said a private terminal run by Danish sea transport giant A.P. Moller-Maersk at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai had been affected.

Officials said the Kenilworth, New Jersey-based company was investigating the incident but provided no further details.

Tim Rawlins, director of the Britain-based cybersecurity consultancy NCC Group, says these attacks continue to happen because people have not been keeping up with effectively patching their computers.

The rasonmware is similar to WannaCry in terms of demanding bitcoins to unlock the encrypted files. However, if there's one out-of-date machine on a company's network, it could infect other connected computers.

Unlike WannaCry, a "kill switch" for Petya has yet to be identified.

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

Companies don't patch for a variety of reasons: their machines don't support the patch, it's too expensive to do it, it might disrupt their services or they simply forget about an outdated computer on their network. The server which hosts the email address used in this week's attack was able to shut the address down quickly on Tuesday night. The demand in Tuesday's attack was $300 per computer, according to security researchers.

The information security firm Cybereason said yesterday that Amit Serper, its principal security researcher, had discovered a workaround solution to disable Petya on infected systems. Read Also: Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks " We are trying to shift some work to manual as we need to streamline the ships and their scheduled arrival, stay and departure", he said.

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