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Hackers have launched a fresh ransomware attack on Europe just a month after the ‘WannaCry’ virus locked computers across the continent.
The Ukranian government appears to have been badly affected, alongside Russia’s Rosneft oil company and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk.
‘We are talking about a cyberattack,’ said Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for the Copenhagen-based group said.
‘It has affected all branches of our business, at home and abroad.’
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko on Tuesday posted a picture of a darkened computer screen to Twitter, saying that the computer system at the government’s headquarters has been shut down.
There’s very little information about who might be behind the disruption, but technology experts who examined screenshots circulating on social media said it bears the hallmarks of ransomware.
Such viruses hold data to ransom, scrambling it until a payment is made, usually requesting virtual currency Bitcoin because it is anonymous and cannot be traced.
The world is still recovering from a previous outbreak of ransomware, called WannaCry or WannaCrypt, which spread rapidly using digital break-in tools originally created by the U.S. National Security Agency and recently leaked to the web.
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) June 27, 2017
— RT (@RT_com) June 27, 2017
New Petrwrap/Petya ransomware has a fake Microsoft digital signature appended. Copied from Sysinternals Utils. pic.twitter.com/HFwA1cyoyN
— Costin Raiu (@craiu) June 27, 2017
— The Bankova (@TheBankova) June 27, 2017
We can confirm that Maersk IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units. We are currently assessing the situation.
— Maersk (@Maersk) June 27, 2017
Just called my father. He says he couldn’t buy fuel at a petrol station, the system is shut down.
Everyone is disoriented.
— Kateryna_Kruk (@Kateryna_Kruk) June 27, 2017
“The Ukraine cabinet of ministers seems to also have been hacked. The network is down” says deputy PM. This is turning into 1 hell of a hack https://t.co/nnZrcDgOoq
— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) June 27, 2017