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>> Big firms and government agencies hit Tuesday in what appears to be a large-scale cyberattack on multiple European countries. Companies in Ukraine, Russia, the Netherlands and England have all reported major disruption. It's unclear yet if the incidents are linked. Ukraine's central bank first to report the cyber assault.
It said banks and state and private firms had been hit by what it labeled an unknown virus. Ukrainian Prime Minister, Volodymyr Groysman, saying the attacks were unprecedented. But stressed most important systems weren't affected. An adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister blamed a version of the WannaCry ransomware. The virus that locked up more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries in May.
And Ukraine's Security Council is blaming Moscow. Saying a first analysis of the attack indicated quote, Russian fingerprints. However, a number of Russian companies have also been affected. And Moscow-based cybersecurity firm, Group-IB, said the attack appeared to simultaneously target Russia and Ukraine. Russian oil producer, Rosneft, is one of the victims.
But it said crude output hadn't been stopped. Elsewhere, Britain's WPP, the worlds biggest advertising company said computer systems at several of its agencies are affected. 17 cargo terminals run by Danish shipping giant, Maersk, also hacked according to Dutch media. The number of companies and countries hit increasing steadily early Tuesday evening.