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It’s like WannaCry all over again’: new ransomware attack infects computers across Europe

Victims so far include a Russian oil company, a Ukrainian media organization, and a global shipping firm

A major ransomware attack on Tuesday hit computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, the country’s banks, Ukraine’s international airport as well as global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Group IB said hackers had exploited code developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) that was leaked and then used in the WannaCry ransomware attack that caused global disruption in May.

One of the victims of Tuesday’s cyberattack, a Ukrainian media company, said its computers were blocked and it had received a demand for $300 worth of the Bitcoin crypto-currency to restore access to its files.

 

 

 

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