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’Petya’ ransomware attack goes global, targets Merck in US

The US-based division of the global pharmaceutical giant Merck has been hit by the ‘Petya’ ransomware attack that has crippled computer systems across the world on Tuesday.

“We confirm our company’s computer network was compromised today as part of global hack,” Merck said in a statement on Tuesday. “Other organizations have also been affected. We are investigating the matter and will provide additional information as we learn more.”

Group IB, a Moscow-based cyber security company, said that hackers used a cryptolocker called “Petya,” which blocks access to computers and displays a message demanding a $300 ransom payable in bitcoin.

 

 

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