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New major cyberattack hits international firms

New major cyberattack hits international firms

Cyber attack

A major cyberattack has unfolded, striking banks, corporations and infrastructure in Ukraine and Russia before spreading to western Europe and then the United States.

Experts say the virus is a modified version of the so-called Petya ransomware, which hit last year and demanded money from victims in exchange for their data.

A similar virus called WannaCry infected more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries last month.

Following is a list of companies and organisations which say they have been a victim of the latest attack:

  • Ukraine’s central bank, the National Bank of Ukraine
  • Ukrainian bank Oschadbank
  • Ukrainian delivery service company Nova Poshta
  • Russian state oil giant Rosneft
  • Kyivenergo, Kiev power company
  • Radiation monitoring system at Chernobyl
  • Website of Kiev’s Boryspil international airport
  • Danish sea transport company Maersk
  • British advertising giant WPP
  • French industrial group Saint-Gobain
  • US pharmaceutical giant Merck

AFP