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Cyberattack Spreads to 12000 Machines In 65 Countries

Remove Petya.a Ransomware The Petya.a Ransomware
Troy Mann | 29 June, 2017, 20:03

Operations at JNPT were impacted as a fallout of the global ransomware attack, which crippled some central banks and many large corporations in Europe. It then encrypts the master file table and then overwrites the master boot record with a custom loader.

Infected systems have been locked down, with a ransom demand of US$300 (S$415) in cryptocurrency to unlock each system. At least some of the victims appear to be paying the ransom, even though the email address used by the attackers has been shut down. It places a ransom note to explain what users must do to regain control.

"It's pretty clear that this attack was inspired by WannaCry", said Gavin O'Gorman, an intelligence analyst at Symantec, a cybersecurity company. The cyber attack has reportedly also affected India. Petya needs a single fault in a network.

While some of the world's governments and largest organisations scramble to restore services in the aftermath of the latest ransomware attack, Singapore's key installations and services have largely dodged the bullet - so far.

A new ransomware attack similar to the WannaCry malware released last month was launched Tuesday, targeted first at governmental networks in Ukraine and Russia and then spread quickly to companies including Russian oil giant Rosneft and United Kingdom advertising firm WPP. CTM urged the public to apply the necessary security patch it had released to prevent the attack of the ransomware. Before long the virus had spread to 64 other countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Russia and the US.

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The state power company of Ukraine, as well as the main airport in Kiev, were also attacked while WPP, the world-leading British advertising agency, also reported being a victim of the "Petya" cyber attack.

"Our initial analysis found that the ransomware uses multiple techniques to spread, including one which was addressed by a security update previously provided for all platforms from Windows XP to Windows 10 (MS17-010)", a Microsoft spokesperson told AFP.

Another workaround for blocking infection by Petya is to create an extensionless, read-only file called perfc in the C:\Windows folder, using the steps outlined here.

For those who are infected, cyber security experts have only one advice across the board: Don't pay the hackers. NotPetya is said to be similar to Petya, but with sufficient differences to make it its own breed of ransomware.

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