A massive ‘Petya’ cyber attack that originally threatened Ukraine seems to be going rampant across the whole world.
Biggest Of Its Kind
The cyber attack that abruptly hit Ukraine, marking itself as the biggest cyber attack in its history, seems to plague other countries in the world, including Spain and India. The threat can be similar to the massive ‘Wannacry’ attack as it may hit companies, schools and hospitals, according to cyber security experts.
Like Wannacry, the cyber attack threats major organisations in the countries it hit. It has gone rampant and widespread as it hit the Danish shipping company Maersk and British advertising company WPP.
Security experts even made speculations over the prospects of having the Ukrainian-based threat bigger and more serious than Wannacry that struck the world in May this year. Wannacry threat is known for hitting the NHS and shutting down computers across hospitals and schools, but it also struck other major multinational companies.
Rozenko Pavlo, the deputy Prime Minister, said he and fellow Ukrainian government members do not have access to their computers.
“We also have a network ‘down’.” he wrote. “This image is being displayed by all computers of the government.”
He also shared a picture from his computer with a message claiming a disk “contains errors and needs to be prepared”, urging the user not to shut it down. Oschadbank, one of Ukraine’s largest state-owned lenders, announced that his computer was also affected by a “hacking attack”. However, he confirms that his data would be kept safe.
Computers and departure boards at Boryspil International Airport in Kiev – the largest in Ukraine – were also affected.
“The official site of the airport and the scoreboard with the schedule of flights aren’t working!” the airport’s acting director, Pavel Ryabikin, wrote on Facebook.
Thus, cyber security professionals confirmed that another attack launched would have an even bigger threat that would surpass the threat Wannacry or any previous cyber threat carried.
It has been reported that the hack was originally based in Ukraine and Russia and hit the two nations at the same time. However, it is still vague how the threat plagued other countries.