NotPetya Ransomware Cyber Attack Outbreak Globally

Security Week, June 28, 2017 - Organizations worldwide are currently under a cyber-attack involving what was originally believed to be the year-old Petya ransomware, but now is being called "NotPetya" and seems to be a never before seen ransomware family.

 The attack already hit Ukraine central bank and Russian oil giant Rosneft. Government computers, airports, and large communication companies in Ukraine appear to have been affected as well. US biopharmaceutical giant Merck also confirmed that its network has been compromised as part of the global attack.

"Kaspersky Lab's analysts are investigating the new wave of ransomware attacks targeting organizations across the world. Our preliminary findings suggest that it is not a variant of Petya ransomware as originally reported, but a new ransomware that has not been seen before," the company said in a research note Tuesday afternoon. "That's why we have named it NotPetya."

Allan Liska, Intelligence Architect, Recorded Future, told SecurityWeek in an emailed statement Spain and France were also hit, and that the first victims in the United States have started to emerge. Other security researchers observed attacks in the UK and India, and expect the outbreak to spread to other countries too.