WPP Says Some Businesses, Not All, Hit By 'Petya' Ransomware

WPP Says Some Businesses, Not All, Hit By 'Petya' Ransomware

A preliminary review of the virus indicates it is PetrWrap, a strain of the Petya ransomware family, which can encrypt a network's entire hard drive by overwriting the hard disk drive's master boot record.

Petya is still very unsafe, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) explained as the malware doesn't only encrypt targeted files, but it also stops the computer from loading the operating system.

Still, the attack could be more risky than traditional strains of ransomware because it makes computers unresponsive and unable to reboot, Juniper Networks said in a blog post analyzing the attack.

"WannaCry was simple, but effective".

A Ukrainian media company said its computers were blocked and had received the ransom demand. The best way to do so is to backup all the data in an external hard drive that isn't connected to an internet.

Russian Federation and Ukraine were most affected by the thousands of attacks, according to security software maker Kaspersky Lab, with other victims spread across countries including Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and the United States.

"Data breaches and cyber hacks are one of the biggest risks facing business worldwide", said Michelle Crorie, a partner at law firm Clyde & Co. who specializes in cybersecurity issues. "The (shipping) ministry has confirmed that one terminal at JNPT has been affected due to the attack at Maersk's Hague office", an official said to PTI.

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"Right now, at this hour, we're not able to take new orders", Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Clerc said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. Across the Atlantic, the Merck pharmaceutical company in the USA was also affected, as it announced on its official social media channels like with the rest of the businesses mentioned.

It employed almost 3,500 staff in 16 countries as of a year ago.

He also said that tech security firms' stock prices will rise as witnessed by Sophos and Trend Micro back in May.

Intelligence agencies and security researchers have linked last month's WannaCry attack to a group associated with North Korea. The attack also affected Evraz, a steel manufacturing and mining company that employs about 80,000 people, the RBC website reported.

In Switzerland, six companies were attacked, according to the national cybersecurity agency. Even an Australian factory for the chocolate giant Cadbury was affected. But in the case of NotPetya, the payment method does not work, according to the BBC report.

A new type of ransomware has been making rounds around the world, very similar to the recent WannaCry. JNPT chairman Anil Diggikar told Reuters the port has been trying to clear containers manually and is operating at about a third of its capacity.

Various media reports also list the Russian energy company Rosneft and US pharmaceutical giant Merck as early victims, along with Maersk, a large Danish shipping company.

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