Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cyber Attack on Ukraine

Ukraine has been affected by massive cyberattacks targeting the country's government, banks and companies, as well as the capital's airports. Cybersecurity specialists say the attack was the same virus that hit Russian oil company Rosneft.


Air navigation systems are working without delays, however, and planes are arriving and departing on time, airport officials said.


Screenshots of affected computers posted online show screens demanding $300 worth of bitcoin as ransom for the encrypted data.


The virus infects computers using the same means as the WannaCry ransomware that hit computers all around the globe in mid-May, Group-IB says.

Some 80 companies in Russia and Ukraine have been hit by the attack, according to Group-IB cited by Russian media. Companies such as Mars, Nivea and Auchan are currently affected by the virus.


The Ukrainian prime minister said no "important systems" have been affected. "It was an unprecedented attack, but our IT experts are doing their work and protecting strategic infrastructure," Vladimir Groysman posted on Facebook.

Since this is not a new virus, shouldn't they have already been protected?
Despite Russian companies also being hit, Ukrainian security officials were quick to point the finger at Moscow.

"Already on first analysis of the virus it is possible to talk of Russian fingerprints," the National Security and Defense Council quoted Secretary Aleksandr Turchinov as saying.
The Nikki Haley approach to threat analysis.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.


Big Pharma company Merck has also been hit.

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