Britain and Europe are hit by new ‘WannaCry’ virus, Ukraine power grid, Russian oil plant and Danish shipping firm all affected

Europe has been hit by a fresh ransomware virus as a British advertising firm, the Ukrainian government and Russian oil companies were all affected.

London-based WPP, the world’s largest ad agency, was the first on UK soil to report problems, with staff told to turn off their computers and not to use the WiFi.

The Ukrainian government has also been badly hit, with the state power distributor, Kiev’s main airport, the national bank and several communications firms all hit as supermarket tills and even ATMs went offline.

Companies in Norway, Russia, Denmark and France are among those to have confirmed issues so far, with Spain, India, and the US believed to have been affected.