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In Kropyvnytskyi, two local editorial offices affected by virus Petya

28.06.2017, 21:45

The work computer of Kropyvnytskyi media outlets “Kirovohradska Pravda” and “Narodne Slovo” were affected by the hacker attack with the virus Petya on June 27, the local website “Ukraina-Tsentr” reports.

“The virus affected – at least, for now – two computers: that of the accountant and of the secretary. The black screen that reads that we have to send 300 dollars worth of bitcoins to a certain email”, the editor of the newspaper “Kirovohradska Pravda” Olena Danylyshyna commented on the situation to the journalist.

A similar situation took place with the equipment of “Narodne Slovo”, in which the journalists did not even manage to send the regular issue of the newspaper to the press.

As the IMI representative in Kirovohradska oblast reports, in several hours after the virus Petya began spreading, the information on necessary safety precautions was published in a closed Facebook group of Kropyvnytskyi journalists, so no significant damage was done to the editorial office’ computers.

At the same time, the Facebook page of Kirovohradska oblast state administration published a post about temporary blocking of the websites of oblast and rayon administrations of Kirovohradska oblast. “Due to the mass-scale hacker attack, access to official websites of the oblast state administration, divisions of the oblast state administration, and rayon state administrations is temporarily blocked. The most socially significant information will be published on the page of the oblast state administration on Facebook”, – the oblast state administration’s message reads.

In her comment to the IMI representative, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Narodne Slovo” Oksana Hutsaliuk said that only the layout designer’ computer was affected by the virus.

“We failed to print the regular issue of the newspaper – the layout designer’ computer was affected. Luckily, most computers were off, only one page left to print. We keep inspecting the equipment, specialists are working. We hope to print the newspaper tomorrow”, she said.

As IMI reported, on June 27 the virus Petya affected the media holding of the TV and Radio Company «Lux», which includes the TV channel “24”, the national network of radio stations “Radio Lux” and “Radio Maksymum”, as well as several websites.

The virus also affected the TV channels “Kyiv” and ATR, TV and Radio Company “Chornomorska”, and the TV channel “DoTebe”.

The editions “Korrespondent” and “KP v Ukraine”, which belong to the Ukrainian Media Holding, also reported temporary problems in operation due to the hacker attack.

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