Petya Ransomeware on Rise

The new Petya Ransomware spreading fast through Europe and US and it has crippled computers from major companies like Merck Pharmaceuticals, Food Company Mondelez and Shipping Company Mersk

How it Started

This is the second global attack by variant of ransomeware in the past two months and unlike the old ones Petya started by infecting an accounting software distribution system, which send infection to many other systems via update. The new ransomware locks the computer system and ask user for ransom in bitcoin format to release their systems.

How It Spreads

This ransomware currently delivered by infected systems, email attachments as job applicants and dropbox. The file is a hidden self extracting .exe file pretending to be a PDF, picture or CV file.

 

What to Do

  • Be extra careful opening attachments or accessing none-secure sites.
  • Make sure your computer is patched and operating system is up to date.
  • Make sure you have the proper security and anti virus/spyware software in place
  • Make sure user does not have administrative rights to their systems

 

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