Ongoing Massive Cyberattack: Europe Is Hit By New Blackmail Virus Attack
Following the trend of other recent attacks, hackers have launched a battery of ransomware attacks across the world, mainly against targets in America, the United Kingdom, and Russia. It has been titled the Petya ransomware, and it hijacks target computers and encrypts their files. The user must then pay a ransom to release the files. One of the most recent targets was the system that monitors ongoing radiation levels in the Chernobyl area. This caused sensors to go offline for a period of time. WPP, a massive advertising agency located in the UK was also impacted. It is theorized that commonly used accounting software common to the targets was the means used to distribute the attack so widely and meaning that many business systems were taken offline. In the Ukraine, the country’s infrastructure was the first to identify problems, including power services, the international airport, and national banks. The initial ransomware attack was named WannaCry and caused huge damage to the NHS which affected users in the hundreds of thousands. Related Articles A luxury hotel resort has been attacked by Jihadists in Mali. The resort is popular at the weekend with foreigners and more than 30 people managed to make an escape, while two people lost their lives in the attack. Three of the assailants were killed andOngoing Terror Attack In Mali Luxury Resort - Update Another big scale cyber attack is underway a global cyber security firm has revealed and it could make the assault on computers around the globe that occurred last week look small.
Virus Using Hundreds Of Thousands Of Computers To Mine VirtualIncredible large-scale new cyberattack underway right now Experts believe the Petya virus has the potential to be much more damaging as it is designed to spread as quickly and widely as possible and has no obvious means to shut it down. Those involved in investigating the attacks think that many users may lose their data permanently as the email address given for ransoms to be sent to has been closed, suggesting the attackers are severing all means of communication. Petya targets systems that are still running Windows XP and therefore has no protection from the latest updates provided by Microsoft. The problem is that many important pieces of infrastructure still use outdated operating systems as it is not realistic to upgrade them. This has caused facilities like power plants and oil rigs to be affected by the attacks. The virus demands around 300 UK Pounds of ransom be paid in Bitcoin. Ukraine's Intl Boryspil Airport in Kyiv now apparently under cyberattack. Flights maybe delayed says acting director https://t.co/VSLUtnGSeY pic.twitter.com/pHeiwLf2rt — Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) June 27, 2017 BREAKING: Ukraine banks, companies & airport hit by massive hack attack, govt computers offline https://t.co/SmTf5ky8JR pic.twitter.com/jErQugPa3X — 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 Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration @dshymkiv instructed the team to help IT teams of other governmental institutions pic.twitter.com/iQw33ZJO7X — 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 READ MORE: http://www.disclose.tv/news/ongoing_massive_cyberattack_europe_is_hit_by_new_blackmail_virus_attack/139480