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2017 Virus/Spyware Alerts

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Petya-like Ransomware Triggers Global Crisis with Echoes of WannaCry Attack

Posted On June 28, 2017 By Brendan Griffin In Internet Security Awareness, Malware Analysis, Ransomware

The ransomware dubbed "Peyta", a spin-off of WannaCry malware that plagues many European countries only one month ago, has sparked a global crisis yesterday encrypting hard drives and modifying the master boot record to not only lock users out of their files, but their machine more generally. Victims were then compelled to interact with this “stub” application to find instructions for paying the Bitcoin ransom, obtaining their decryption key, and inputting it to initiate the decryption process. So far 65 countries have been effected, primarily in the Ukraine and Eastern Europe, but also inflicted harm to significant numbers of victims in Western Europe and North America, including the United States.

Conclusion WannaCry started a new era of ransomware variants weaponized with a  mechanism for...