Petya ransomeware attack hits computers

Cyber Attack

Many major companies in Russia and Europe have hit by a major ransomeware cyber-attack on Tuesday.

Ukraine’s national bank, state power company, largest airport, Russia’s biggest oil company, shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and British advertising agency WPP have become victims this time.

BBC News reported that the Windows-based radiation sensors at Chernobyl nuclear power plant were shut down and workers had to manually monitor radiation levels.

Affected computers displayed a message to pay $300 in Bitcoin to recover encrypted files.

The latest series of attacks follows a month after the WannaCry attack hit the world, crashing thousands of computers globally.

According to experts, the fresh virus, named as Petrwrap or Petya, is similar to that of WannaCry. The attack is feared to be spreading across the world fast.