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PARIS (AP) — A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard.
Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices, where one senior official posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down.” Russia’s Rosneft oil company also reported falling victim to hacking, as did Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk.
“We are talking about a cyberattack,” said Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for the Copenhagen-based group. “It has affected all branches of our business, at home and abroad.”
The number of companies and agencies reportedly affected by the ransomware campaign was piling up fast, and the electronic rampage appeared to be rapidly snowballing into a real-world world crisis. Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblaad says that container ship terminals in Rotterdam run by a unit of Maersk were also affected. Rosneft said that the company narrowly avoided major damage.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: mkultra11
Right it started to gain ground last month. And in fact, I even stated this is exactly what was going to happen when I posted the article that the group behind the leak made all the tools public.
Check out my thread from April on the subject here, or just click the link in my sig that says "NSA! Hack a bank .
Since those leaks, UAV's and several of our jets have crashed, the air sirens warning system in Dallas was hacked resulting of hours of headache induing tornado warning sirens, and then of course all these global hacks on a mass scale.
The problem is, the incidents are growing exponentially. It may not be long before regular computer users are taken over en masse.
Imagine a one billion strong zombie bot army, and what that would be capable of.