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Top Stories to Know Everything About Petya, Ransom-ware, and Cyber Attack Spreading Globally

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This post is the top stories we’ve found that cover the latest ransom-ware, cyber attack, and what’s called the Petya spyware. We’ll update this post with the latest stories in a day or so as it really doesn’t look like this attack is slowing down.

NotPetya ransomware attack ‘not designed to make money’

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/28/notpetya-ransomware-attack-ukraine-russiaNotPetya ransomware attack ‘not designed to make money’The researcher said the software was “definitely not designed to make money” but “to spread fast and cause damage, [using the] plausibly deniable cover of ‘ransomware. Read More…

Companies across the globe stuck by another major ransomware outbreak

https://www.itgovernance.co.uk/blog/companies-across-the-globe-stuck-by-another-major-ransomware-outbreak/Companies across the globe have been struck by a second major ransomware attack in as many months. The malware responsible closely resembles Petya, but Kaspersky Lab says that it is “a new ransomware that has not been seen before”. As a result, many security researchers have dubbed it NotPetya. So far, NotPetya has infected firms across the world, including advertising firm WPP, food company Mondelez, legal firm DLP Piper, and Danish shipping and transport firm Maersk. Ukraine appears to be the hardest hit country, with banks, power companies and Kiev’s main airport all being hit. What is Petya/NotPetya? Read More…

Report: Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreading

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/296545Security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire. Read More…

The global ransomware epidemic is just getting started

https://www.cnet.com/news/petya-goldeneye-wannacry-ransomware-global-epidemic-just-started/#ftag=CADf328eecWannaCry should have been a major warning to the world about ransomware. Then the GoldenEye strain of Petya ransomware arrived. What’s next? Read More…

Everything You Need to Know About the NotPetya Ransomware

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/everything-know-notpetya-ransomware/A nasty form of ransomware dubbed NotPetya is currently spreading around the world. The first reports emerged from Russia and the Ukraine, but NotPetya has now reached the U.S, the UK, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Germany, and France. In other words, it’s pretty much everywhere. Ransomware is a growing threat. Just a couple of months ago a strain called WannaCry crippled the British National Health Service for several days. Read More…

Fresh cyberattack likely ‘more sophisticated’ than WannaCry, Europol says

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/fresh-cyberattack-likely-more-sophisticated-than-wannacry-europol-saysFresh cyberattack likely ‘more sophisticated’ than WannaCry, Europol saysDescribing it as “another serious ransomware attack,” Europol said “critical infrastructure and business systems” were being targeted “with a new wave of ransomware, which is an updated version of Petya. Read More…

Experts say Petya ransomware is just a ‘test’ for something much worse

http://bgr.com/2017/06/28/petya-ransomware-expert-analysis-how-bad-russia/A new ransomware attack, modeled after the recent WannaCry exploit, has hit thousands of organizations and users worldwide. But according to a handful of security experts, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. The ransomware attack, which encrypts users’ files and demands a ransom to unlock them, could just be a test attack, or cover for more malicious damage being done by the virus. ““I’m willing to say with at least moderate confidence that this was a deliberate, malicious, destructive attack or perhaps a test disguised as ransomware. The best way to put it is that Petya’s payment infrastructure is a fecal theater,” security researcher Nicholas Weaver told KrebsOnSecurity. His sentiments were echoed by “the grugq,” an anonymous security researcher who blogs about security issues. Read More…

How to protect your Windows computer against the recent malware attack

http://bgr.com/2017/06/28/global-ransomware-attack-how-to-uninstall-petya/A new wave of ransomware attacks swept the world on Tuesday, starting with Ukraine and spreading to other regions of the world. The attack was immediately compared to last month’s WannaCry, but that’s not quite the case, as the new ransomware isn’t as viral. Researchers already found a stupid simple way to protect Windows machines that might be affected by Petya, but that will not stop them from spreading it to other computers. The “vaccine,” as BBC calls it, is easy to deploy. What you need to do is create a read-only file named perfc and place it in the “C:\Windows” folder on your computer. That should stop the attack, but your computer can still transmit the “disease” to others. Read More…

Petya ransomware attack: What it is, and why this is happening again

http://www.zdnet.com/article/petya-ransomware-attack-what-it-is-and-why-this-is-happening-again/#ftag=RSSbaffb68Just six weeks on from WannaCry, the world has fallen victim to another fast-spreading ransomware in the form of Petya/GoldenEye. Why haven’t lessons been learned? Read More…

Ukraine Police Say This is the Source of Tuesday’s Massive Cyberattack

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/06/ukraine-police-say-source-tuesdays-massive-cyber-attack/139028/The lesson from Tuesday’s massive cyberattack, beware of updates from Ukrainian accounting apps that are orders of magnitude larger than normal. Read More…

Fresh cyberattack likely ‘more sophisticated’ than WannaCry, Europol says

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/fresh-cyberattack-likely-more-sophisticated-than-wannacry-europol-saysFresh cyberattack likely ‘more sophisticated’ than WannaCry, Europol saysDescribing it as “another serious ransomware attack,” Europol said “critical infrastructure and business systems” were being targeted “with a new wave of ransomware, which is an updated version of Petya. Read More…

Massive malware attack: Who’s been hit

http://wqad.com/2017/06/28/massive-malware-attack-whos-been-hit/Massive malware attack: Who’s been hit some of the world’s biggest companies have been hit by a huge cyberattack that has disrupted their businesses. Read More…

Why Apple’s future’s up on ransomware

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3204225/apple-mac/why-apple-s-future-s-up-on-ransomware.html#tk.rss_securityThis week’s big security story is the so-called ‘Petya’ ransomware attack. It is not the first such attack, won’t be the last, and its success will prompt cybercriminals to attack again, and again, and again. In this new threat environment, there are zero excuses for any enterprise, public or private, to be running Windows XP, or any other insecure platform.Even the cops Chronic underfunding and a conservative government ideologically committed to cuts mean key UK public services remain under threat of cyberattack. In recent weeks, the National Health Service saw its computing systems fail because they relied too much on unprotected Windows systems. This morning we learned that the UK’s Metropolitan Police force still uses over 18,000 computers running Windows XP. Read More…

Microsoft’s next big Windows update will use AI to fight malware

https://www.engadget.com/2017/06/28/microsoft-windows-fall-creators-update-security/Windows Fall Creators Update will come with a hefty serving of security upgrades, made timely by the increasingly rampant cyberattacks targeting the platform these days. Read More…

Petya Focused Stories:

The global ransomware epidemic is just getting started

https://www.cnet.com/news/petya-goldeneye-wannacry-ransomware-global-epidemic-just-started/#ftag=CADf328eecWannaCry should have been a major warning to the world about ransomware. Then the GoldenEye strain of Petya ransomware arrived. What’s next? Read More…

Everything You Need to Know About the NotPetya Ransomware

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/everything-know-notpetya-ransomware/A nasty form of ransomware dubbed NotPetya is currently spreading around the world. The first reports emerged from Russia and the Ukraine, but NotPetya has now reached the U.S, the UK, Denmark, Poland, Italy, Germany, and France. In other words, it’s pretty much everywhere. Ransomware is a growing threat. Just a couple of months ago a strain called WannaCry crippled the British National Health Service for several days. Read More…

Fresh cyberattack likely ‘more sophisticated’ than WannaCry, Europol says

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/fresh-cyberattack-likely-more-sophisticated-than-wannacry-europol-saysFresh cyberattack likely ‘more sophisticated’ than WannaCry, Europol saysDescribing it as “another serious ransomware attack,” Europol said “critical infrastructure and business systems” were being targeted “with a new wave of ransomware, which is an updated version of Petya. Read More…

Report: Another Major Ransomware Attack Spreading

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/296545Security researchers say a strain of ransomware called Petya or Petrwrap, which has similarities to WannaCry, is spreading like wildfire. Read More…

‘Shadow Brokers’ Threatens to Unmask A Hacker Who Worked With NSA

http://thehackernews.com/2017/06/shadowbrokers-nsa-hacker.htmlThe Shadow Brokers, a notorious hacking group that leaked US cyberweapons — which were also abused by the recent ransomware disasters WannaCry and Petya or NotPetya — has now threatened to unmask the identity of a former hacker who worked for the NSA. Read More…

New ransomware, old techniques: Petya adds worm capabilities

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mmpc/2017/06/27/new-ransomware-old-techniques-petya-adds-worm-capabilities/0 On June 27, 2017 reports of a ransomware infection began spreading across Europe. We saw the first infections in Ukraine, where more than 12,500 machines encountered the threat. We then observed infections in another 64 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Russia, and the United States. The new ransomware has worm capabilities, which allows it to move laterally across infected networks. Based on our investigation, this new ransomware shares similar codes and is a new variant of Ransom:Win32/Petya . This new strain of ransomware, however, is more sophisticated. Read More…

Latest Cyber Attack, the Petya Ransomware

Hacker Behind Massive Ransomware Outbreak Can’t Get Emails from Victims Who Paid

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/new8xw/hacker-behind-massive-ransomware-outbreak-cant-get-emails-from-victims-who-paidHacker Behind Massive Ransomware Outbreak Can’t Get Emails from Victims Who Paid A German email provider has closed the account of a hacker behind the new ransomware outbreak, meaning victims can’t get decryption keys. On Tuesday, a new, worldwide ransomware outbreak took off , infecting targets in Ukraine, France, Spain, and elsewhere. The hackers hit everything from international law firms to media companies. The ransom note demands victims send bitcoin to a predefined address and contact the hacker via email to allegedly have their files decrypted. But the email company the hacker happened to use, Posteo, says it has decided to block the attacker’s account, leaving victims with no obvious way to unlock their files. “If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible, because they are encrypted,” the ransom text reads. Read More…

‘Petya’ ransomware attack stems from NSA exploit – Snowden, security experts

https://www.rt.com/viral/394318-petya-ransomware-nsa-exploit-snowden/‘Petya’ ransomware attack stems from NSA exploit – Snowden, security experts Published time: 27 Jun, 2017 22:29 Get short URL © Lotta Hardelin / Dagens Nyheter / AFP The Petya ransomware that spread across the globe Tuesday was made possible thanks to EternalBlue – a hacking tool used by the NSA to exploit a Windows vulnerability it left open for five years, Edward Snowden and security experts have said. If you’re a journalist writing about this, remember this worm spreads based on a vulnerability NSA kept unfixed for years. #EternalBlue https://t.co/9Eb4agkRsp — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 27, 2017 Symantec confirms global #Petya ransomware attack hitting computers today (hospitals, supermarkets, banks) uses NSA’s #ETERNALBLUE exploit. pic.twitter. Read More…

What is the Petya ransomware attack, and how can it be stopped?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/27/petya-ransomware-cyber-attack-who-what-why-howOlivia Solon in San Francisco and Alex Hern in London Wednesday 28 June 2017 07.17 BST First published on Wednesday 28 June 2017 01.24 BST M any organizations in Europe and the US have been crippled by a ransomware attack known as “Petya”. The malicious software has spread through large firms including the advertiser WPP, food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping and transport firm Maersk, leading to PCs and data being locked up and held for ransom. It’s the second major global ransomware attack in the past two months. In early May, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was among the organizations infected by WannaCry , which used a vulnerability first revealed to the public as part of a leaked stash of NSA-related documents released online in April by a hacker group calling itself the Shadow Brokers. Read More…

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Petya Or NotPetya: Why The Latest Ransomware Is Deadlier Than WannaCry

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2017/06/27/petya-notpetya-ransomware-is-more-powerful-than-wannacry/Petya Or NotPetya: Why The Latest Ransomware Is Deadlier Than WannaCry {{article.article.images.featured.caption}} Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Full Bio The author is a Forbes contributor. Read More…

U.S. hospitals have been hit by the global ransomware attack

https://www.recode.net/2017/6/27/15881666/global-eu-cyber-attack-us-hackers-nsa-hospitalsU.S. hospitals have been hit by the global ransomware attack The ransomware is linked to a leaked vulnerability originally kept by the National Security Agency. share Darren McCollester / Getty Major corporations across the world have been hit by a wave of ransomware attacks that encrypt computers and then demand that users pay $300 to a bitcoin address to restore access. While countries across Europe — the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Spain and France, to name a few — were hit hardest by the outbreak, the virus has now spread to the United States. Today, one of the largest drug makers in the U. Read More…

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