July 21, 2017

Petya Ransomware Outbreak

Recently, the “Petya” ransomware outbreak has spread throughout the US and Europe. It affected large companies such as WWP, Saint-Gobain, Evraz and Rosneft. This ransomware affected not only businesses, but banks, airports and other government offices as well.

A Global Attack

According to cyber security firm Kasperky Labs, the ransomware affected 2,000 users in Poland, Russia, Italy, France, the UK, Germany and the US. Among these countries, Ukraine was hit the hardest. In fact, the first attack was reported in Ukraine. It affected the country’s government, airport and even metro system.

The “Petya” ransomware

Once a computer is infected by the ransomware, the user receives a message that demands a ransom of 300$ in Bitcoin. The email address that was provided has since then been shut down by the email provider. This means that even if victims wanted to pay the ransom, they wouldn’t be able to unlock their computers. With no way to contact the attacker, victims are no longer able to receive a decryption key to unlock their devices.

Similar to WannaCry

Cyber security experts from Symantec have stated that “Petya” used a technique very similar to WannaCry, a ransomware attack that occurred back in May. Much like WannaCry, the “Petya” ransomware took advantage of a software vulnerability. However, the “Petya” ransomware doesn’t seem to have infected computers through email, which was what happened with WannaCry.

With major ransomware attacks like “Petya” and WannaCry, the cyber attack rate has been skyrocketing. If you need assistance on how to better protect yourself from ransomware, consult us today at 514-855-1223.