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India worst hit in APAC by Petya: Symantec

Ukraine took the brunt of the attack

India has been the worst hit country in the Asia Pacific region and the seventh most impacted nation worldwide by the Petya ransomware, according to cybersecurity service provider Symantec.

The Petya ransomware was the second big scale cyberattack after WannaCry in May. The Petya ransomware not only encrypts files, it locks the entire disk, making it basically unusable until the infection is removed. It shuts down the system after the infection and asks for ransom of $300 in bitcoins on rebooting.

As per findings by Symantec, Ukraine was worst hit by the ransomware, followed by the U.S., Russia, France, the U.K., Germany, India China and Japan.

“Symantec has confirmed that MEDoc, a tax and accounting software package, is used for the initial insertion of Petya into corporate networks. MEDoc is widely used in Ukraine, indicating that organizations in that country were the primary target,” the security services provider said.

After gaining an initial foothold, Petya uses a variety of methods to spread across corporate networks. Some corporations including Russia’s largest oil company Rosneft, Ukraine's international airport, shipping firm AP Moller-Maersk, and advertising giant WPP have come under attack from the latest ransomware.

In India, operations at Mumbai terminal of country’s largest container port – JNPT, operated by Danish business conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk was disrupted due to the ransomware attack. Gujarat Pipavav Port was also partially impacted.

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