New WannaCry ransomware affected disruption across Europe

Vastavam web: Weeks after the WannaCry ransomware affected systems in over 100 countries, another major cyber-attack is causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine and Russia the hardest.Reports suggest that Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukraine’s international airport as well as global shipping firm AP Moller-Maersk have been impacted by the attack.

They cited Moscow-based cyber security firm Group IB stating that hackers had exploited a code developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA) which was leaked and then used in the WannaCry ransomware attack that caused global disruption in May.Serious intrusions have been reported at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down”.Reports also said the attacks impacted Russian metal maker Evraz, French construction materials firm Saint Gobain and the world’s biggest advertising agency, WPP but it could not be ascertained whether it was by the same virus.