Information about the Petya-Inspired Ransomware Outbreak

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Although much of the tech world is still reeling from May’s devastating WannaCry Ransomware Attack, another one struck Europe on Wednesday.  The original attack was a quickly spreading virus attack which targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin.  Officials originally believed this new program was a variant of Petya, however, it has now been ironically named “NotPetya.” Many of our partners have put out information about Petya, and we really like the blog post from Varonis and have provided a link at the bottom of this blog to their full post.

The similarities between NotPetya and WannaCry are numerable, but there are a few very important differences:

  • NotPetya does not have a remote kill swich, which now famous @MalwareTechBlog hit during the WannaCry Attack
  • NotPetya has more sophisticated ways of spreading to other machines
  • It renders machines completely unusable, unlike WannaCry, in which the machines could be used again after paying the ransom

After the WannaCry Attack took out machines across Europe, in organizations ranging from hospitals to governments, everyone needs to know what they can do in order to stay safe in the likely chance of a future attack.

Tech Writer Rob Sobers’ informative article in Varonis’ blog outlines everything you need to know in order to stay both informed and protected against Ransomware attacks like WannaCry, NotPetya, and the future attacks that are sure to come.

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