According to various reports, a massive ransomware outbreak is beginning to spread throughout computers across the world. And it appears that this particular virus is an entirely new strain of ransomware that began Tuesday with an attack in Kiev, Ukraine.
Unfortunately, the attacks did not stop there. Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft was attacked and then Denmark-based company Maersk. The New Jersey-based Merck, which you may know as one of the largest pharmaceutical corporations in the world, was also attacked.
As researchers work to investigate the attacks, they have found that this virus seems to be much more sophisticated than the WannaCry worm that struck thousands of computers just last month, according to CNN.
“WannaCry was a tremendous failure. It was a lot of noise, very little money, and everyone noticed it,” said Craig Williams, an expert at cybersecurity firm Cisco Talos. “What we’re seeing today is a much more intelligent worm.”
Once infected, the computers that were targeted would show a message in red over a black screen that read, “Oops, your important documents are encrypted,” and then demanding $300 in Bitcoin to recover from the attack.
“If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible because they are encrypted,” the text reads, according to one of the photos. “Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don’t waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service.”
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Included in the nations attacked were Russia, Ukraine, Spain, France, and many others, according to security investigators. And Rob Wainwright, who is an executive director of Europol explained via Twitter that European law enforcement was “urgently responding” to the attacks. Unfortunately, for now, not much information has been obtained. However, as it comes out, reports are sure to follow explaining the true details behind the global attack.