A new type of ransomware has been making rounds around the world, very similar to the recent WannaCry. The cyber-attack was reportedly affecting Europe before it started to be seen across Asia and then the U.S. The attacks have managed to bring several government systems, port operators, and businesses to a standstill for several hours.
Indian Port Halts Operations after Attack
One of the terminals being operated by A.P. Moller-Maersk in India, at Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. The terminal is a part of India’s larger port for containers and was left incapacitated for a long while, unable to load or unload containers for the time. The Gateway Terminal India facility could not track shipments and link them to their destinations either. The ransomware assaults are being linked to the new Petya virus, and those affected are being demanded as much as US$300 in purely cryptocurrency for every terminal that is affected.
Ransomware a Regular Thing?
The ransomware attacks that have been experienced over the past year are increasingly making it clear the ease with which attackers are becoming a regular thing in nearly all nations. Banks as well as retail businesses across the world are concentrating their defenses against the new wave of cyber thefts and attacks, safeguarding themselves and their clients’ sensitive data such as their credit card details. According to Kaspersky Lab, nearly 2,000 users or terminals have been affected across North America as of mid-Tuesday.
Businesses and government organizations in Russia and Ukraine are among the most severely affected.
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