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Cyber attack hits oil giant and banks in Russia and Ukraine

Other major targets include the Danish conglomerate Maersk, the largest container shipping company in the world, and the United States pharmaceutical company Merck.Maersk earlier tweeted that the attack had impacted “multiple sites and business units”, without confirming which ones.The pharmaceutical company MSD which has operations in Cork, Carlow, Tipperary and Dublin says its network was infected.So far there was no clear indication of who was behind the attack.In an advisory posted on its website on Wednesday, SingCERT said it was alerted on Tuesday to the global spread of Petya, which is inspired by WannaCry. Not all Windows users installed the update – hence one of the reasons WannaCry was able to spread. The three groups were the first major businesses to be hit by what is believed to be a ransomware attack of the so-called Petya type, which earlier affected Russian Federation and Ukraine. Kaspersky Lab is reporting that it’s believed the ransomware was a “new malware that has not been seen before” with a close resemblance to Petya.It is not now known for certain how the infection is spreading, but some researchers have taken to Twitter to claim it is using the same technique as WannaCry to target the SMBv1 EternalBlue exploit and take advantage of unpatched Windows machines.WannaCry was based on exploits stolen from the National Security Agency – including a program called EternalBlue, which exploited a Microsoft vulnerability. Microsoft has released patches for these exploits since March, so it is not known if these were insufficient to block the infection or if the affected institutions did not install the patches. It is continuing to investigate. A Saint-Gobain spokesperson told AFP that the company also “is the target of a cyberattack“.Any requests for help from DHS are confidential, McConnell says. “We stand ready to support any requests for assistance”.The attacks started Tuesday at around 2:00 pm Kiev time (1100 GMT) and quickly spread to 80 companies in Ukraine and Russian Federation, said cybersecurity company Group IB. MeDoc then sent an infected file to customers.”It seems one of the initial Petya vectors was a Ukrainian software company”. The hackers have allegedly demanded $300 million worth of Bitcoins in order to restore the company’s system.Officials at that country’s postal service and metro system in Kiev also reported hacking problems.Chernobyl (Ukraine), June 28 (IANS) The automatic radiation monitoring system at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant here has been hit by a cyber attack and monitoring was being carried out manually, a Ukrainian federal agency said.Europol executive Rob Wainwright said the agency was “urgently responding” to reports of the new cyber attack. The computers, which are running on the Microsoft Corp’s Windows. According to a public ledger of transactions listed on blockchain.info, more than 30 victims paid into the bitcoin account associated with the attack.