DLA Piper, a global law firm with offices in the UK, and Merck, a Netherlands-based pharmaceutical company, have both confirmed that they have been hit by the Petya ransomware.
Petya inflicts more damage on machines than WannaCry as it targets the hard drive rather than individual files. “This attack doesn’t just encrypt data for a ransom – but instead hijacks computers and prevents them from working altogether,” said Ken Spinner, vice president of Varonis. “The implications of this type of cyberattack spread far and wide: and can affect everything from government to banks to transportation.”
APM’s website was difficult to reach and phones at its headquarters in The Hague and offices in Rotterdam went unanswered.
 “With the severity of this attack and the degree to which the virus has already spread on an international scale across major business and infrastructure, it is now almost impossible to stop it from spreading further,” said Robert Edwards, a barrister …