These Are the Known Targets in the Petya Ransomware Attack So Far

Ukraine deputy prime minister says government computer network down

There was speculation, however, among some experts that once the new virus had infected one computer it could spread to other machines on the same network, even if those devices had received a security update.

It seemed to be very similar to the WannaCry ransomware which hit more than 200,000 users in more than 150 countries last month. The New Jersey-based company said it was investigating the attack.

It demanded $300 in Bitcoin.

In a blog post, the Posteo service said it blocked the email address "immediately" after learning that it was being used as a point of contact for the ransomware's presumed creators.

Law enforcement and cybersecurity experts agree that victims should never pay ransoms for such attacks.

In Russia, major companies including the oil giant Rosneft said they had suffered cyberattacks at roughly the same time.

Microsoft issued a patch for EternalBlue in March.

The world is still recovering from a previous outbreak of ransomware, called WannaCry or WannaCrypt, which spread rapidly using digital break-in tools originally created by the U.S. National Security Agency and recently leaked to the web.

Top worldwide businesses headquartered in Europe and the US have come under attack. The malware also hit A.P. Moller-Maersk, a Danish shipping company, as well as British advertising agency WPP, plus US pharmaceutical company Merck and Co., among others, according to the Reuters account.

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BNP Paribas Real Estate, which provides property and investment management services, confirmed it had been hit but declined to specify how widely it had affected its business.

Ukrainian organizations took a particularly heavy blow.

Radiation monitoring at the Chernobyl nuclear facility had to be performed manually due to a related systems failure.

Mondelez said its five manufacturing facilities in Australia and New Zealand had all been hit but some of them were still able to carry out limited production.

The impacted terminal is operated by Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk, which also reported disruptions in Los Angeles. The ransomware infects computers and then waits for about an hour before rebooting the machine. For instance, Cisco pointed to an update to a Ukrainian tax accounting package, MeDoc, as a possible vector. There was no immediate indication of who was responsible. Researchers say hackers used a code known as "Eternal Blue", which is believed to be stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency, and also used in last month's ransomware attack.

If you regularly connect to a corporate or enterprise network using a virtual private network, it's best to wait for the all-clear today.

How is this different from WannaCry?

Our preliminary findings suggest that it is not a variant of Petya ransomware as publically reported, but a new ransomware that has not been seen before.

Unlike WannaCry, it locks down a computer's entire hard drive instead of just the files.

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