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New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe

Cyber attack hits trade routes New cyberattack causes mass disruption in Europe
Nellie Chapman | 29 June, 2017, 07:31

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"We've seen terminals cease operations for maybe technical issues and computer issues, but not for what apparently is a cyberattack", Sanfield said. RT also reports that global steel and mining company EVRAZ has also fallen victim to the cyberattack, as well as Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency.

Ukraine and Russian Federation appeared hardest hit by the new strain of ransomware - malicious software that locks up computer files with all-but-unbreakable encryption and then demands a ransom for its release.

A spokeswoman for the Port in Barcelona said on Wednesday that one of the two big container terminals run by Maersk was affected. "We have been taking proactive steps... we have sent out advisories (on the cyber attack and the malware)..."

The official explained that JNPT is trying to help the company, but there is little that others can do as the problem is with the systems. The APM Terminal closure does not affect any of the Port Authority's terminals or operations.

Maersk's port operator APM Terminals was also hit.

Neither Maersk nor Rosneft confirmed what kind of attack they were under. When contacted, an APM spokesperson refused to comment on the India impact of the attack.

Danish shipping conglomerate AP Moller Maersk has confirmed that it's IT infrastructure has been subject to a major cyber-attack affecting several business units around the world.

Many firms affected said their day-to-day operations hadn't been significantly affected, but said they had been forced to isolate computer systems.

The ransomware is demanding a payment of $300 in Bitcoin to decipher the hacked files, as per the message showed on the system computers of the company.

Russia's top oil producer Rosneft said its servers had been hit been a large-scale cyber attack but its oil production was unaffected.

In a statement obtained by Reuters, Ukraine's central bank said an "unknown virus" called the latest spate of attacks.

A computer screen cyberattack warning notice reportedly holding computer files to ransom, as part of a massive worldwide cyberattack, at an office in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday June 27, 2017, A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.

It appeared the attack involved ransomware in which the perpetrators may demand money to restore victim operations.