Companies hit by global ransomware attack on June 27

Gladys Abbott
June 27, 2017

RT also reports that worldwide steel and mining company EVRAZ has also fallen victim to the cyberattack, as well as Britain's WPP, the world's biggest advertising agency. United Kingdom media company WPP Plc has also been hit.

"IT systems in several WPP companies have been affected by a suspected cyber attack", the company said.

All Russian branches of Home Credit consumer lender are closed because of a cyber attack, an employee of a Home Credit call centre in Russia said.

In Ukraine, government departments, the central bank, a state-run aircraft manufacturer, the airport in Kiev and the metro network have all been paralysed by the hack, the Telegraph reported.

Ukraine has blamed Russian Federation for previous cyber attacks, including one on its power grid at the end of 2015 that left part of western Ukraine temporarily without electricity. "In connection with the irregular situation, some flight delays are possible", Dykhne said in a post on Facebook.

Many organisations in the rest of Europe have also reported issues in their IT systems as the attack spreads beyond Ukraine, including British advertising giant WPP.

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Russia's Rosneft energy company also reported falling victim to hacking.

Germany's Metro said its wholesale stores in the Ukraine had been hit by a cyber attack and the retailer was assessing the impact.

"There is no effect on power supplies", a Ukrenergo spokesman said.

The Russian news agency quoting Group-IB, the company which deals with prevention and investigation of cybercrime said the virus operates like a ransomware, blocks computers and requires a ransom of $300 in bitcoins.

Experts have suggested that the outages could be part of a ransomware attack, similar to the Wannacry software which affected the NHS and other organisations last month.

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