More than 80 Russian, Ukrainian companies hit by massive cyberattacks

Massive cyber attack in Russia and Ukraine reported

Other companies that said they had been hit by a presumed cyber attack included Russian metal maker Evraz, French construction materials firm Saint Gobain and the world's biggest advertising agency, WPP - though it was not clear if their problems were caused by the same virus.

The two companies are trying to recover $2.9 billion lost during Sistema's 2014 restructuring.

"The hacker attack could have led to serious consequences, however due to the fact that the company switched to a backup control system of production, neither mining nor oil processing have stopped", Rosneft said on Twitter.

But on Monday, Sistema said it had received notice of an enforcement action from the Moscow Directorate of the Federal Bailiffs Service and a copy of a court order from the Republic of Bashkortostan Arbitration Court. Rosneft has alleged that certain assets were removed from Bashneft, while Sistema has rejected these claims as groundless.




Sistema declined to comment on the estimates.

Russian metals giant Evraz said its IT systems had been affected too, Russia's RIA news agency reported.

MOSCOW, June 27 Russian conglomerate Sistema could miss out on about 15 billion roubles ($255 million) in dividends from subsidiaries this year because of a legal row, potentially limiting its scope for acquisitions, analysts said on Tuesday.

The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts on state websites in Ukraine in late 2016 and repeated attacks on its power grid that prompted security chiefs to call for improved cyber defenses.

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