Ransomware virus Petya hits Korean branch of U.S. pharmaceutical company

Another ransomware attack spreading around
the world with alarming speed. It’s a virus called Petya… and Korea’s already
seeing infections. A firm called MSD Korea, a local branch of
U.S.-based pharmaceutical company Merck, says some of its computers were hacked late Tuesday
night and it’s now trying to get an estimate of its losses. The infection reportedly came through the
intranet linked to Merck headquarters. Petya locks users out of their computers…
and demands they pay about 300 U.S. dollars’ worth of the virtual currency bitcoin… to
get back into their data. It’s said to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft
Windows, so security companies urge users to update their operating systems.

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