Kaspersky says cyberattack involved new malware

Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption

Firms that were hit today include Russia's biggest oil company Rosneft, global advertising giant WPP Group and multiple institutions in Ukraine, including its central bank and an worldwide airport. However, the use of the email is leading cyber-experts to believe that this was not a very planned attack.

According to Michael Kaiser, executive director of National Cyber Security Alliance, there are ways to reduce the risk of ransomware attacks: Update software as soon as patches become available, use strong security like two-factor authentication for logging into accounts and regularly backup your system. Even if they've been fixed they can still be affected. The Ransom virus attacked the computer running Microsoft Corp's by encrypting hard drives and overwriting the files of others.

A spokesman for the company said that " They are continuing to investigate and take appropriate action to protect their customers".

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that the Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk was hit by the malicious software but has since "contained the issue". The terminal is a part of India's larger port for containers and was left incapacitated for a long while, unable to load or unload containers for the time.

Mondelez said its five manufacturing facilities in Australia and New Zealand had all been hit but some of them were still able to carry out limited production.

Several cybersecurity firms and news outlets are reporting a new major cyberattack spreading across the globe. Kaspersky Lab states that this is not the case, dubbing the malware NotPetya.




The hack quickly spread from Russian Federation and the Ukraine, through Europe and into the U.S. A.P. Moller-Maersk said its customers can't use online booking tools and its internal systems are down. The total number of attacks was unknown.

The outbreak was the latest and perhaps the most sophisticated in a series of attacks making use of dozens of hacking tools that were stolen from the National Security Agency and leaked online in April by a group called the Shadow Brokers (See: Hacking group publishes NSA exploits online). The Ransom virus attacked computers.

Many security researchers initially linked the attack to ransomware known as Petya, which was previously advertised for sale on top-tier Russian criminal forums. The same code was also used in Wannacry ransomware attack.

Security researchers have discovered a "vaccine" for the huge cyber attack known as "Petya", that hit organisations across the world on Tuesday.

In a statement, the White House National Security Council said there was now no risk to public safety. Maersk said its sites were down across "multiple sites and businesses due to a cyberattack;" Rosnoft said it faced a "powerful hacker attack".

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