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28 June 2017

The ransomware is being called a more sophisticated version of the Petya malware that was used in an attack last spring.

There are no reports of Petya ransomware infection in Singapore, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA)'s Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCert) said in a joint statement with the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) on Wednesday (June 28).

Petya is still affecting airports and ATMs in Ukraine and hampering global businesses from the shipping giant Maersk to the drug company Merck. Its U.S. victims also include hospitals in Pennsylvania's Heritage Valley Health System.

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Once infected by the ransomware, the systems are locked and a demand of Dollars 300 in Bitcoins is made to recover the files. It is reported that the German independent email provider Posteo blocked an email address associated with the blackmail attempt. While some cybersecurity experts have praised the approach, others note that users whose files are held hostage have now lost their sole point of contact.

Unlike WannaCry, a "kill switch" for Petya has yet to be identified.

Top IT security firms have warned that the latest "Petya" malware could be particularly potent as it uses "multiple techniques" to automatically spread in a network soon after the first system is infected. Serper is being widely praised for the innovation - but he says the fix is "a temporary workaround".

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The major ransomware attack - dubbed "Petya" - hit a number of major firms, including food and beverage firm Mondelez International Inc, US law firm group DLA Piper LLP and shipping and oil company AP Moeller Maersk AS, infecting computers and demanding sums in Bitcoin for access to files. Polish researcher Hasherezade says that because key portions still resemble its predecessor, "it is fair to call it a new step in the evolution of Petra".

According to research by Talos Intelligence, the attackers are using a variant of the Petya family of ransomware, using EternalBlue, which was seen in WannaCry.

Security experts also are divided on what to call the ransomeware.

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Ad group WPP is still working to resolve Petya attack