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Massive cyberattack in Ukraine: Bank, airport targeted, India affected too

27 Jun 2017 | By Shikha Chaudhry

A cyberattack on Ukraine targeted several banks, electricity firms, including the National Bank of Ukraine and state-owned power distributor, the largest airport, disrupting their operations.

Deputy PM Pavlo and other government officials couldn't access their computers.

It is a suspected ransomware that is demanding a payment of $300 in Bitcoin to regain access to files.

Reportedly, some organizations in India have been affected too.

In context: Massive cyberattack in Ukraine

27 Jun 2017Massive cyberattack in Ukraine: Bank, airport targeted, India affected too

Affected ServicesBanking operations, customer services affected in Ukraine

Rozenko Pavlo said all the government systems are down; Ukraine's national bank blamed an "unknown virus".

Pavlo posted his computer's picture, which displayed a message that a disk "contains errors and needs to be prepared" and warned not to turn off the PC.

Offices of Danish shipping firm Maersk and Russian oil company Rosneft in the UK and Ireland have also been attacked.

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Ransomware 'Petya' similar to Wannacry

WannaCryRansomware 'Petya' similar to Wannacry

According to experts, it could be an attack by ransomware called 'Petya', which emerged last year, and its updated version 'Petrwrap'.

They say the method of virus distribution is similar to that of WannaCry, which affected over 150 countries recently.

Companies are being locked out and a payment for decryption of files is being demanded, just like WannaCry.

28 Jun 2017Ransomware attack: India's shipping industry affected as Mumbai port hit

The Petya ransomware has hit operations at one of the three terminals in Mumbai's Jawaharlal Nehru Port, India's largest container port.

As a result, operations at the Gateway Terminals India are being carried out manually. GTI is operated by AP Moller-Maersk, the world's biggest shipping company, which is among Petya's victims.

Hague-based APM Terminals, which operates Gujarat's Pipavav terminal, has also been affected.

Petya takes down large businesses around the world

Globally, several large businesses have been hit. Russia's biggest oil company Rosneft, the world's biggest shipping firm Maersk and advertising giant WPP Group are some of Petya's victims. Ukraine's central bank and an international airport were affected. Attacks were reported in Europe and England too.