Mer­ck wins le­gal bat­tle over in­sur­ance cov­er­age af­ter ran­somware at­tack

Mer­ck has emerged vic­to­ri­ous from a years-long le­gal bat­tle with in­sur­ers over the cov­er­age of more than a bil­lion dol­lars in loss­es from the mal­ware Not­Petya, with a New Jer­sey Su­pe­ri­or Court judge con­clud­ing that the re­spon­si­bil­i­ty is on in­sur­ers to clar­i­fy their poli­cies around cy­ber at­tacks.

The phar­ma gi­ant was one of sev­er­al vic­tims of a glob­al cy­ber at­tack back in 2017 that al­so hit Dan­ish ship­ping com­pa­ny Maer­sk, Amer­i­can food com­pa­ny Mon­delēz, French con­struc­tion gi­ant Saint-Gob­ain and even the sys­tems mon­i­tor­ing the Cher­nobyl nu­clear pow­er sta­tions, Bloomberg re­port­ed back in 2019.

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