Petya Ransomware Sinks Global Businesses Into Chaos

Petya Ransomware Sinks Global Businesses Into Chaos

By David Jones

Jun 28, 2017 11:24 AM PT

A new ransomware exploit dubbed “Petya” struck major companies and infrastructure sites this week, following last month’s WannaCry ransomware attack, which
wreaked havoc on more than 300,000 computers across the globe. Petya is believed to be linked to the same set of hacking tools as WannaCry.

Petya already has taken thousands of computers hostage, impacting companies and installations ranging from Ukraine to the U.S. to India. It has impacted a Ukrainian international airport, and multinational shipping, legal and advertising firms. It has led to the shutdown of radiation monitoring systems at the Chernobyl nuclear facility.

Europol, the international law enforcement agency, could not provide operational details on the attack, spokesperson Tine Hollevoet told the E-Commerce Times, but it was trying to “get a full picture of the attack” from its industry and law enforcement partners.

Petya “is a demonstration of how cybercrime evolves at scale and, once again, a reminder to business of the importance of taking responsible cybersecurity measures,” Europol Executive Director Rob Wainwright said in a Wednesday update.

Unlike Wannacry, the Petya attack does not include any type of ‘kill switch,’ according to Europol.

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