Top Russian Oil Producer, Ukraine Businesses Suffer Massive Cyber Attack Hits

Reuters

Russia's Rosneft aims to become the world's third largest gas producer and raise gas output to 100 billion cubic metres by 2020, the chief executive of the world's top listed oil producer by volume Igor Sechin wrote in an article published on Tuesday.

Baulin stressed that the attack is not connected with ransomware virus WannaCry, which swept across the globe just a month ago, affecting more than 200,000 computers in some 150 countries.

But on Monday, Sistema said it had received notice of an enforcement action from the Moscow Directorate of the Federal Bailiffs Service and a copy of a court order from the Republic of Bashkortostan Arbitration Court.

The company later added it has notified law enforcement officials in connection with the cyber intrusion.

Global businesses, including shipping giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S, advertising firm WPP Group PLC and Russian oil company PAO Rosneft, reported significant cyberattacks Tuesday against their computer systems.

The cyberattack targeted a number of oil, telecommunications and financial companies in Russian Federation and Ukraine, blocking computers and demanding 300 US dollars in bitcoins, Group-IB told Russia's Prime news agency.

A major hurdle has been overcome in the acquisition of Essar Oil by Rosneft and its partners.

"The company's servers underwent a powerful hacking attack", the company said on Twitter.

In Ukraine, Yevhen Dykhne, director of Boryspyl Airport, said it had been hit by a cyber attack.

The Ukrainian prime minister called the attack "unprecedented" but said that "vital systems haven't been affected".

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