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Several security experts have speculated that the ransomware could be a variation of a malware called Petya, but cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs said that the attack could also be an entirely new program based on Petya or something similar.
After the Wannacry attack, organisations around the globe were advised to beef up IT security. It's not clear who is behind the attack, which bears some resemblance to the WannaCry virus last month that affected users in up to 150 countries, crippling Russia's Interior Ministry and the U.K.'s National Health Service. According to Bleeping Computer, the outbreak is now smaller than WannaCry although it's still a considerable attack.
'If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible, because they have been encrypted.
Dubbed Petya, the ransomware freezes hard drives and demands that computer owners infected by the epidemic make a payment of $300 to unlock their data.
At press time, the attack has only been going on for a couple of hours, but has already caused significant damage.
What was affected in Ukraine? Journalist Christian Borys stated on Twitter that banks, postal services, and airports, among others, were hit.
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The Ukrainian central bank said a number of banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack that disrupted some operations.
DLA Piper's woes came the same day a massive hack hit computer systems overseas, spreading from Russian Federation to the United States, report the New York Times and the Associated Press. Kiev's metro system, as well as the global Boryspil airport have already stopped accepting card payments because of the attack. "There are few victims in the U.S.so far", Nick Bilogorskiy, senior threat director at Cyphort, a Santa Clara, California, cybersecurity firm, said in an emailed statement.
Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, "the whole network is down".
Moller-Maersk shared on Twitter that their systems had been attacked. It also announced authorities have already been contacted.
While experts can not definitively say where that attack originated, information hidden in the code used to run in pointed to the involvement of North Korea.
Advertising agency WPP has also been hit by the cyber attack.
Merck is the first major US company to announce it has been affected by the widespread breach.