New Ransomware, Old Headaches in Global Ransomware Attack

Companies scrambled June 27 to combat the latest global ransomware attack that hit thousands of companies, including pharmaceutical company Merck Inc., shipping and logistics company A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, and law firm DLA Piper LLC.

Maersk in a tweet confirmed its “IT systems are down across multiple sites and business units due to a cyberattack. We continue to assess the situation.” DLA Piper and Merck also confirmed they were hit.

McAfee Labs Chief Technology Officer Steve Grobman told Bloomberg BNA that the attack “is clearly a major incident that is impacting organizations around the globe.” Companies are battling “a ransomware epidemic” as computer worms infect individual machines and systems and increase the number of systems held for ransom…