28 June 2017
There is a lot of attention around the world due to the second major global ransomware attack. The malware called, "Petya" or which security researchers are calling "NotPetya”, differs from typical ransomware as it doesn’t just encrypt files, it also overwrites and encrypts the master boot record (MBR)1. The attack appears to have been initially seeded through a software update mechanism built into an accounting program that companies working with the Ukrainian government need to use, according to the Ukrainian Cyber Police. Like WannaCry, NotPetya is spreading rapidly through networks that use Microsoft Windows and has already affected large number of companies, organizations and government entities on an international scale. As of today, 36 payments have already been made falling prey to this attack.