A new strain of malicious software has paralysed computers at a Ukrainian airport, the Ukrainian capital's subway and at some independent Russian media.
Odessa international airport in Ukraine's south, the Kiev subway and prominent Russian media outlets such as Interfax and Fontanka reported being targeted yesterday.
The cyber attack appears to be similar to a major attack in June which locked the computers of hospitals, government offices and major multinationals with encryption that demanded a ransom for their release. The software appeared to have originated in Ukraine.
The BadRabbit ransomware demands hundreds of euro in Bitcoin to unlock devices.
It coincides with a new survey that shows over half of Irish businesses expect a cyber attack before the end the year.
The ransomware requires a PC user to download a fake Adobe Flash Player installer.
Moscow-based cyber security firm Group-IP said in a statement today that the ransomware also tried to penetrate the computers of major Russian banks but failed. None of the banks has reported any attacks.
Moscow-based cyber security company Kaspersky Lab said it was aware of more than 200 companies in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany targeted by the ransomware, but is spreading to Asia and elsewhere.
Odessa airport said in a statement that its information systems have been affected, although it continues to service flights. The subway in the capital, Kiev, said it was unable to process online payments and bank card payments.
The operations of Russia's only privately owned news agency, Interfax, have been paralysed since yesterday.