Yet another ransomware attack is spreading across the globe hitting Russia, Europe, and the U.S. Thus far there are confirmed reports of the virus hitting Ukrainian ministries, radiation monitoring at Chernobly nuclear facility, metro systems, and banks. A number of large companies like the Russian energy company Rosneft has also reported being hit.
Ukrainian vice prime minister Rozenko Pavlo tweeted an image of a computer that has been infected with the ransomware.
In the United States the pharmacutical company Merck confirmed its global computer networks had been hit as did lawfirm DLA Piper.
Symantec has reported that this ransomware is also using the same hacking tool, Enternal Blue, that was used in theWannaCry ransomware attacks. The tool was created by the National Security Agency (NSA).
The New York Times wrote:
The attack is actually “an improved and more lethal version of WannaCry” according to Matthieu Suiche, a security researcher who helped contain the spread of the WannaCry ransomware last month when he created a “kill switch” that stopped the attacks from spreading.
The vulnerability used by Eternal Blue was patched by Microsoft last April but many organizations have failed to apply the patch.
ITonDemand & Petya
We are happy to report that to our knowledge all our clients who use our basic services avoided the Petya attack. We were able to provide protection via patching, backup, antivirus, and disaster recovery.
If you have not, make sure to update your computer this week and be wary of email attachments. Learn more about ransomware or contact us to carefully plan and execute a comprehensive security plan to mitigate the risks ransomware presents.
Download our infographic and learn how to identify a phishing scam when you see one.
Other Articles You Might Be Interested In:
In recent months, hackers have begun targeting doctors offices and hospitals, receiving roughly 34% of all ransomware attacks. In an unprecedented incident, it just cost two doctors their practice.read more
Windows 7 End-of-life In case you are unaware -- Windows 7 is coming to an end. Microsoft has planned for this for a long time. However, most users have not it seems. According to web analytics vendor, Net Applications, Windows 7 actually saw its user share increase...read more
ITonDemand was created over a decade ago to help support businesses and organizations IT services. We kept hearing from businesses, like yours, that they just wanted their IT to work. And that is what we do. We make your IT work for you.