New ransomware attack triggers worldwide chaos

June 27 12:44 2017 Print This Article

Fears are growing over a fresh wave of ransomware attacks following reports that dozens of major businesses – including marketing giant WPP, FMCG group Mondelez International and Danish shipping company Maersk – have been struck down by a mass attack.

Reports first started emerging this afternoon (June 27), when Russian oil producer Rosneft, the Ukrainian state power distributor and Kiev’s main airport said their systems had come under attack.

The ransomware message states: “Oops, your important files have been encrypted. If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible. Nobody can recover your files with decryption services. We guarantee that you can recover all your files safely. All you need to do is submit the payment and purchase the decryption key.”

The issue comes just weeks after the so-called WannaCry virus hit an estimated 100,000 organisations in 150 countries, including the UK NHS, telecoms giant Telefonica, FedEx, Renault, Hitachi, Nissan and Germany’s rail network Deutsche Bahn.

In the aftermath of that assault, it was claimed that over half of all UK firms are still running Windows XP, the Microsoft software which was exploited, heightening concerns that businesses are woefully under-prepared for ransomware attacks.

The Information Commissioner’s Office has already warned firms that they face enforcement action if it is found that they have not taken adequate steps to protect customer information.

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