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Russian, Ukrainian companies' websites under massive cyber attack

Baku, June 27, AZERTAC

Rosneft, Bashneft, Mars, Nivea and Mondelez International (producer of Alpen Gold chocolate) are among the companies that were attacked by the Petya virus in Russia, Group-IB, the company which deals with prevention and investigation of cybercrime, reported, according to TASS.

A ransomware named Petya blocks computers and requires a ransom of $300 in bitcoins

A massive cyber attack on computers in Russia and Ukraine was recorded around 14:00 Moscow time (11:00 GMT). According to Group-IB, the ransomware spreads through local networks just like the WannaCry virus did.

The Petya virus has attacked the Ukrainian government, Auchan Hypermarkets, Privatbank and telecommunication operators, the Group-IB company said.

Statements published on social networks earlier said that a computer virus had attacked the websites and computer systems of numerous Ukrainian companies, banks, state agencies and other institutions.

Ukraine’s National Bank was the first to report a cyber attack, warning banks and institutions about a dangerous malware. Meanwhile, according to the country’s media, dozens of big banks, particularly Oschadbank and Privatbank, have limited customer service operations.

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