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New Cyberattack Goes Global, Hits WPP, Rosneft, Maersk

  • Virus attacks worst in Russia, Ukraine; spreads to U.S.
  • Petya virus is similar to WannaCry; demands $300 ransom
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Massive Cyberattack Hits More Than 200,000 Companies

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A new cyberattack similar to WannaCry is spreading from Europe to the U.S. and South America, hitting port operators in New York, Rotterdam and Argentina, disrupting government systems in Kiev, and disabling operations at companies including Rosneft PJSC, advertiser WPP Plc. and the Chernobyl nuclear facility.

More than 80 companies in Russia and Ukraine were initially affected by the Petya virus that disabled computers Tuesday and told users to pay $300 in cryptocurrency to unlock them, Moscow-based cybersecurity company Group-IB said. About 2,000 users have been attacked so far, according to Kaspersky Lab analysts, with organizations in Russia and the Ukraine the most affected.