Petya hit businesses worldwide, having for several hours disrupted the functioning of banking and energy enterprises in the US, Australia, Russia and France, bringing cybersecurity concerns into the spotlight.
“The fact of pretending to be a ransomware while being in fact a nation state attack.is in our opinion a very subtle way for the attacker to control the narrative of the attack“, Suiche said. WannaCry, which attacked unpatched Windows PCs around the world last month, also took advantage of the EternalBlue exploit to gain access to vulnerable systems.
“Network devices based attacks will most likely be DoS-based”, he said in a statement. Suiche said that was by design: It is what allows the virus to spread through entire local servers so quickly. Hospitals in Pennsylvania were being forced to cancel operations after the attack hit computers at Heritage Valley Health Systems, a Pennsylvania health care provider, and its hospitals in Beaver and Sewickley, Penn., and satellite locations across the state. “It finds all of your files and encrypts them and then leaves you a message”.
Ukraine has also been affected by massive cyberattacks targeting the country’s government, some banks and companies, as well as the Ukrainian capital’s airports.
“We can confirm the breakdown is caused by a cyber attack“, a spokeswoman said.
Danish shipping and oil firm A.P. Moller-Maersk has reported its computer systems crashed as a result of a cyber attack on Tuesday.
Radiation monitoring at the Chernobyl nuclear facility had to be performed manually due to a related systems failure. India’s biggest container port was also crippled when a Maersk-run terminal in Mumbai was hit.
However security analysts at Kaspersky Lab said they had traced the infections to “a new ransomware that has not been seen before”, dubbing “NotPetya“. Some reports claim that a few parts of India has also been affected by the cyber attack, while on the other hand, IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad assures that India is not much affected by the Petya ransomware.
A National Security Agency spokesman referred questions about the attack to the Department of Homeland Security. This is the second major cyber-attack this year.
Later, multi-nationals in Western Europe and the USA reported that they too had been hit by the virus.
“The global cyberattack hit our non-bank subsidiary, Real Estate. The necessary measures have been taken to rapidly contain the attack”, the bank told Reuters.
The Rosneft infection might be an unintended effect – collateral damage, Williams said. Typically, a solution in ransomware situations is backup recovery, but nonetheless, the computer networks affected are forced to idle for hours.