Enter GoldenEye, a variation of the Petya ransomware, that is spreading across the globe after first hitting 12,500 computer systems in the Ukraine, including the country’s electrical grid, government offices and an airport. The biggest problem is that this ransomware is virtually undetectable until it is too late.
GoldenEye starts by infecting a single machine. Once a machine is infected, the virus will spread to the computer’s entire network if the system is not shutdown on time. According to a CNBC report, many anti-virus programs do not recognize it as a virus and are unable to stop it.read here…
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Petya Ransomware Impact More Limited Than WannaCry, Researchers Claim
Symantec’s researchers explained that the new Petya ransomware seems to mainly search for local IP addresses and not across the Internet like WannaCry. Juniper Networks also isn’t seeing all that much impact from the new Petya ransomware either.
He noted that not only is it targeting a vulnerability that WannaCry forced organizations to fix, the other attack vectors are not as efficient, requiring either user interaction, or poor security administration. read here…
Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks!
Ransomware demands which hit a clutch of multinationals Tuesday are the latest in a wave of international cyber attacks in recent months. The attacking tool is believed to be ransomware of the so-called Petya malware type, which earlier affected firms in Russia including oil giant Rosneft and Ukraine.
The repeated waves of attacks have raised questions on how companies can protect themselves effectively. read here…
How to Protect Yourself Against the Ransomware Attack!
Earlier this month, a strain of ransomware infected more than 300,000 Windows PCs around the world. The awesomely named WannaCry strain demanded that infected businesses and individuals pay $300 in order to unlock each machine—as well as the data stored on their devices.
Some people paid the ransom, while others were lucky enough to wait it out and be rescued by a hero who accidentally stopped the attack by registering the unregistered domain on which the ransomware lived. read here…
Ransomware attack hits firms in Ireland and continues to spread
A major global cyber attack has disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that infected more than 300,000 computers last month .
IT systems at the Irish operations of three international companies were affected by the virus which is linked to malware code attacks known as “Petya” and “GoldenEye”.
The company produces medicines and vaccines and employs more than 1,600 people at sites in Carlow, Cork, Dublin and Tipperary. read here…
The Petya Ransomware Cyberattack has Earned Hackers $20k less than WannaCry in its first 24 hours!
An ongoing ransomware attack that knocked out critical services in Ukraine on Tuesday, then proliferated throughout Europe and the United States has shown no signs of stopping. Similar to the WannaCry attack last month, the new malware locks users out of their files and demands they pay $300 in bitcoin to get them back.
Known as either Petya or NotPetya, depending on who you ask, the ransomware has now been spreading for more than 24 hours. read here…
The WannaCry ransomware attack became a worldwide problem a few weeks ago, with more than 700,000 machines infected and numerous organizations held hostage.
One of the most important lessons to derive from the attack’s severity and its widespread impact was that it involved a vulnerability that was already patched in current versions of Windows.