Is Petya Ransomware or Something Worse?
As the Petya outbreak continues to damage high-profile organizations around the world, the mystery deepens. Is Petya a for-profit ransomware, a disruptive cyber-attack on Ukraine that escaped, or an attack intended to install malware that steals credentials? At first glance the malware, variously called Petya, Petrwrap, Goldeneye, NotPetya, and other names, appears to be a variant of Petya, a for-profit ransomware first introduced last year. However, the new Petya variant’s method for ransom payments is reported to be very complex and the Bitcoin wallet for the attack has been shut down. Regardless of who launched Petya and what its ultimate aim is, it is very dangerous and spreading like wildfire.
These attacks can be prevented, but are spiking anyway. Protection from the damage ransomware causes requires cyber security that prevents malware from entering networks, not simply detecting malware and remediating damage.
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