Petya Ransomware Attack
In just the last 24 hours, a new and vicious cyber attack has spread across the globe and continues to pick up speed. Dubbed “Petya”, this latest ransomware attack targets a Microsoft vulnerability previously exploited by WannaCry, and possibly several other vulnerabilities in internal systems. Petya has taken out power grids, ATMs, airports and metro systems, a hospital system in Pittsburgh, an international logistics company and major Russian oil and steel producers so far.
According to NPR, security experts in the Ukraine, currently reported as the hardest hit country, are advising Ukrainians to turn their computers off for the time being until the issue is resolved. Other countries affected include Poland, Russia, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and the United States. Even New Jersey-based Merck & Co. reported being hit Monday.