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Petya ransomware virus is back amid cyber attack - Swiss agency

28 June 2017

The Russian central bank said there were isolated cases of lenders' IT systems being infected by the cyber attack. The phenomenon of Russian-backed interference had always been known to Ukraine/Russia hands, analysts and security experts, and has become more widely known with the publication of Andy Greenberg's excellent article on the topic as Wired magazine's July cover story.

The wire service reported that several company and government officials also reported "intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices" on Tuesday.

The hack has quickly spread from Russian Federation and the Ukraine, through Europe and into the U.S. A.P. Moller-Maersk, operator of the world's largest container line, said its customers can't use online booking tools and its internal systems are down.

IT systems for WPP, one of the world's largest advertising agencies, also were affected by a cyberattack on Monday morning.

Earlier an attack was also reported by the power company in Kiev, Kyivenergo.

It's not clear whether or why the ransomware has suddenly become so much more potent, but Botezatu said that it was likely spreading automatically across a network, without the need for human interaction.

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"This image is being displayed by all computers of the government", he said.

French construction materials company St. Gobain said it had also fallen victim.

The attack comes in the wake of the WannaCry virus in May, which seized control of hundreds of thousands of computers and spread disruption around the world.

Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman posted on his Facebook page that the attack was "unprecedented", and said the country's cyberwarfare specialists were working to counter the attack.

"The information systems and cyberdefense team of the presidential administration operates in the normal mode, but with a high level of attention to the situation that occurs in other state because of the cyberattack", Dmytro Shymkiv, the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, said in a statement.

Russian oil giant Rosneft and steel manufacturer Evraz followed, reporting they were affected by the virus.

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Like WannaCry, Petya relies on a Windows vulnerability known as EternalBlue.

Europol said it is investigating the attack as well.

"We can confirm that the MSD computer network was compromised today as part of a global hack", the company said in a statement.

"Our technicians are measuring radioactivity with Geiger counters onsite at the reactor as was done decades ago", said Olena Kovaltshuk, spokesman for the government agency managing the exclusion zone around Chernobyl.

Reports said the Kiev metro system stopped accepting payment cards while several chains of petrol stations suspended operations.

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