Cyberattacks in Ukraine, Russia Spread Across Europe, Hit US
June 27, 2017
A wave of cyberattacks that hit Ukraine and Russia spread beyond
the borders of those countries, wreaking havoc on government and
corporate computer systems in Europe and across the Atlantic.
Banks, government offices and airports in Ukraine were among the
first to report the cyberattack. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister
Pavlo Rozenko tweeted a photo of his black computer screen,
saying the government's headquarters had been shut down.
Multiple international firms reported being affected Tuesday.
They included America's Merck pharmaceutical company, Russia's
Rosneft oil giant, the Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk,
British advertising giant WPP and French industrial group
"We confirm our company's computer network was compromised today
as part of global hack. Other organizations have also been
affected," Merck said on Twitter.
Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for A.P. Moller-Maersk, said the
attack had "affected all branches" of the shipping group, both
at home and abroad.
Information technology experts identified the virus as a type of
ransomware — a program that is often used to hold data "hostage"
until a payment is delivered.
A National Security Council spokesman said the Department of
Homeland Security, the FBI and other agencies were "working with
public and private, domestic and international partners to
respond to this event and provide technical information for
prevention and remediation."
and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom as this
does not guarantee access will be restored," the spokesman
British Defense Minister Michael Fallon spoke earlier at a
conference hosted by the Chatham House policy institute in
London. He did not address the attack but discussed how Britain
was responding in general to cybersecurity concerns.
"We are investing a huge chunk of money — some £1.9 billion
[$2.4 billion] — into boosting our cybersecurity," Fallon said.
Europol's European Cybercrime Center told anyone affected by
Tuesday's attack to report the crime to national police and
encouraged those affected not to pay any ransom requested by