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Russian oil producer Rosneft and Danish shipping company Maersk said work at their United Kingdom and Ireland offices were disrupted by the breach, BBCreported.

Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft said a large-scale cyber attack hit its servers on Tuesday, with computer systems at some banks and the main airport in neighbouring Ukraine also disrupted.

Merck confirmed its computer network was “compromised” as part of the global attack.

The Petya cryptoware is to blame for a huge cyber-attack at oil, telecom and financial companies in Russian Federation and Ukraine, the press service of Group-IB involved in cyber security and cyber-attack protection has told Interfax.

Food giant Mondelez was among the several companies from Spain to have reported the cyber attack. But the firm later clarified that it is not a variant of that malware and is instead a “new ransomware that has not been seen before”.

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Multinational companies, including the global law firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were also affected, although the firms didn’t specify the extent of the damage.

On Twitter, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko said Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers had also been targeted.

Researchers said the attack may have borrowed malware code used in earlier ransomware campaigns known as “Petya” and “GoldenEye”.

“Unfortunately, businesses are still not ready and now more than 80 companies are affected”, said Nikolay Grebennikov, vice president for R&D; at data protection firm Acronis. Petya reportedly shares some of WannaCry’s traits – but while computers that had gotten a security patch were safe from WannaCry, Petya can also infect patched machines. The attack seems to be centered in the Ukraine, where the ransomware has crippled the country’s central bank and power utilities like Ukrenego and Kyivenergo.

A spokeswoman for Heritage Valley Health System says the attack Tuesday is affecting the organization’s entire health system and employees are working to ensure safe patient care continues.

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The first attacks were reported from Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Reports said the Kiev metro system stopped accepting payment cards while several chains of petrol stations suspended operations. “We are assessing the situation, taking appropriate measures and will update as soon as possible”.

The scale and use of ransomware has similarities to last month’s cyber attack, which some experts linked to North Korea.

The National Bank of Ukraine has warned banks and other financial market participants about an external hacker attack on the websites of some Ukrainian banks, as well as commercial and public enterprises, which was carried out today.

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