It is being reported that this attack involves a variant or new strain of ‘Petya’ ransomware which is well-understood and has been reported on since 2016.
It appears to have started in Ukraine.
Many companies have been affected, including the Danish shipping company Maersk, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine, Russia’s largest oil producer Rosneft and the Netherlands based shipping company TNT.
Security experts are warning there is no kill switch for Petya, dispersing hopes that a quick fix could stop the attack as it did with WannaCry.
The malware seems to be targeting some of the same Windows code loopholes as the ones exploited by WannaCry.
An email address associated with the blackmail attempt has been blocked by a German email provider. This means that the hackers have not been able to access the mailbox.
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