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Cyberattack using data-scrambling software causes disruptions in Europe

Cyberattack using data-scrambling software causes disruptions in Europe

A massive, international cyberattack using malicious data-scrambling software started in Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon before apparently reaching Russia’s top oil producer and quickly making its way across Europe.

In Kiev, the Ukrainian government reported disruptions, including in the country’s power grid and computers in many government offices. Ukraine’s largest airport, in Boryspil, also reported an attack, delaying some flights. Ukraine’s central bank said several banks had been hit, as well as the metro transit system’s payment network in the capital, Kiev.

Social media posts described attacks on computers in retail stores and smaller businesses in other Ukrainian...

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