Report: Massive cyber-attack spreads across globe, hits US, Israel

Today, the Ukrainian government reported that its network has fallen as a result of a cyber-attack. Additional cyber-attacks have been reported in Denmark, the UK and Russia. According to the reports, the malware is known as Petya.
Photo credit: RF123/ Channel 2 News

Today (Tuesday), a massive cyber-attack that started in several European countries including Ukraine, Russia and Denmark has reportedly spread across the globe, reaching the US and Israel. The Ukrainian government even reported that its network fell victim to the attack, in addition to a number of banks and a central airport in Kiev. Israeli cybersecurity experts reported that three Israeli companies have already been hit by malware. 

“In connection with the irregular situation, some flight delays are possible,” director of Boryspil Airport Yevhen Dykhne wrote on Facebook. The Ukrainian central bank confirmed the attack but didn’t elaborate on which banks were hit. “As a result of these cyber-attacks,” the central bank stated. “These banks are having difficulties with client services and carrying out banking operations. The National Bank is confident that the banking infrastructure's defense against cyber fraud is properly set up and attempted cyber-attacks on banks’ IT systems will be neutralized.”

The message provided by the malware Photo credit: Twitter/ Channel 2 News

Meanwhile, Russian oil giant Rosneft was also hit, as it reported on its twitter account. 

British WPP public relations company also stated that it fell victim to a hack.

One of Denmark’s largest transport and logistics companies Maersk released a similar announcement. A Swiss intelligence agency reported that the likely virus is known as Petya, which locks the user's computer and requires payment in a virtual currency. This is not the first time that the malware has attacked organizations in the past. “There have been indications of late that Petya is in circulation again,” The agency stated. “Exploiting the SMB (Server Message Block) vulnerability.”

The Israeli National Cyber Security Authority recommended that companies hit by the attack shouldn't pay the ransom and should instead contact them for further information. 

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