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Another Round of Ransomware Cyberattacks Hits Major Companies Across the Globe: Assessing the Blame

by Mish Shedlock, Mish Talk:

Another version of the “WannaCry” ransomware virus has gone viral, this one dubbed “Petya” by some and “GoldenEye” by others.

Alternatively, some security experts say it is an entirely new virus.

Pharmaceutical company Merck, Danish shipper Maersk, advertising group WPP Group, Ukrainian banks, and Russian oil company Rosneft all report significant intrusions on their computer systems.

The Wall Street Journal reports Cyberattacks Hit Major Companies Across Globe.

Global businesses from Europe to the U.S., including shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk, advertising firm WPP Group, and Russian oil company PAO Rosneft reported significant cyberattacks Tuesday against their computer systems.

It was unclear how, or if, the attacks were related, but they spread simultaneously across Europe and into the U.S. on the heels of a global attack in May from a virus dubbed WannaCry.

Ukraine was hit by an “unprecedented” wave of cyberattacks Tuesday, the country’s prime minister said, which infected a government ministry, state telecoms, postal and transport companies, among others.

Russia’s state-controlled oil company, PAO Rosneft, said it was under a “massive hacker attack” that could have serious consequences but said its oil production hadn’t been affected.

Denmark’s shipping giant Maersk said Tuesday that its computer systems had been brought down by a cyberattack. The breakdown is affecting multiple computer systems across several business units, a Maersk spokeswoman said, adding the company was assessing the situation.

The spokeswoman said she couldn’t provide details on how the computer outage was affecting the company’s flagship business, Maersk Line, the world’s largest container operator by capacity.

Attempts to connect to the Maersk Line web site yielded the following message: “Oh no, our website is down!

The Port Authority of New York and Jersey sent out alerts Tuesday morning that said the APM Terminals facility in Elizabeth, N.J., “is experiencing system issues” and advising carriers to delay arrival until further notice.

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2 comments to Another Round of Ransomware Cyberattacks Hits Major Companies Across the Globe: Assessing the Blame

  • Ed_B

    “Pharmaceutical company Merck, Danish shipper Maersk, advertising group WPP Group, Ukrainian banks, and Russian oil company Rosneft all report significant intrusions on their computer systems.”

    Yep… and virtually ALL of this could have been avoided IF the bozos running the IT departments of the afflicted companies had bothered to install the latest security updates from µSoft. Are we learning anything yet? Or are we gonna fiddle f*** around with this until some serious pain is felt? I’m betting on the latter. 🙁

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    I’m glad that LINUX is still considered a small target by many who desire to target the Windows world.
    I saw an interesting (alarming) story that the cruise ship, Queen Elizabeth II, still uses Windows XP. (I wish they never discarded it, as it was one of my favorite systems).

    Back when I had Windows on my computers (the only version I never had, was NT, but I’ve been a Microsoft user from DOS 6.22, Windows 3.1, WIndows Millenium Edition (ME), W95, W98, W98-2nd edition, Windows 2000, XP, and Vista, and I finally called it quits!!! I had played around with versions of Linux here and there, going back to about Windows 98 era.

    I was still using Vista even when Windows 8 was common (and Windows 7 was better loved), but I switched permanently to one of the LINUX versions back then, and NEVER looked back.

    Since I’ve been using Linux on this computer, I’ve NEVER had to reinstall the operating system. It’s been more than 5 full years. My previous computer also had Linux on it.
    All together, I’ve been using Linux, for more than 10 years, and I think I had to reinstall it, or another version of it, perhaps ONCE in that time. (I’ve installed other versions of Linux as a FUN exercise, testing out versions I may wish to switch to, but only been FORCED to reinstall it, just once in 10 years or so.)

    And the process, takes less than 30 minutes. Easy, no verification unlock keys to get verified, etc.
    No “BSOD”, and I have forgotten how much I hated all the Windows problems and baby-sitting that is part of Windows. (Often called “WinDOZE”).
    Here’s a good place to spend far too much of your time, learning about many versions of Linux, and perhaps you’ll find one that fits your needs.

    http://distrowatch.com/

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