Ransomeware ‘PETYA’ cyberattack locks windows computers
PETYA a massive cyber attack is spreading across the world. It has impacted numerous businesses across Europe including banks, electronic companies, telecoms operators, retailers and even government agencies.
Maersk the largest shipping company(container line) reported on twitter that its computer systems are down.
Russian top oil producer Rosneft reported its computer systems also were hit. It said on twitter that it did not affect production.
It reads ;”A massive hacker attack has hit the servers of the Company. We hope it has no relation to the ongoing court procedures. …neither oil production nor preparation processes were stopped.”
The virus also took down government agencies, electricity suppliers and
even banks in Ukraine.
Here is a statement from Ukraine “Some of our gov agencies, private firms were hit by a virus. No need to panic, we’re putting utmost efforts to tackle the issue.”
PETYA virus is particularly a nasty ransomeware. Instead of encrypting and locking files on the system, it just restarts the system and locks up the entire system files leaving the computer unable to boot-up.
It demands the owner pays 300 dollar worth of bitcoin to restore the computer. It comes on the heels of WannaCry Ransomeware.
Recall WannaCry ransomeware last month crippled more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries. WannaCry affected outdated Windows systems that did not have the latest security patches. It seems like PETYA is also taking advantage of similar flaws on Windows operating systems
. It also seems like if you install all updates, you should be free from the attack. As at the time of this report security experts have not found a way to fix the ransomeware and it is unclear who is behind the attack.
Hmm! Obviously Microsoft Corporation is in trouble.