Another Ransomware PETYA is on the role. After the hue and cry “WannaCry” caused, Petya is another one in the row to knock systems down.
Petya has spread through the European and the US region. The major firms facing casualty are the WPP, French Construction materials, oil firms Evraz and Rosneft.
Food company Mandelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Heritage Valley Health System also reported their systems being hit by PETYA.
PETYA is a RANSOMWARE ATTACK. Ransomware is a type of malware that denies access to your systems files and applications. It demands some price in order to restore your access to your system.
PETYA works in a similar manner like WannaCry. If affected, the ransomware encrypts relevant documents and files asking some money in return to decrypt the same. Usually a digital key is required to decrypt the files, which one can get only after paying the amount in BITCOINS.
PETYA ransomware is demanding $300, payable in Bitcoin. It spreads rapidly across the network once a system is infected. It makes the use of the EternalBlue vulnerability in Microsoft Windows or other administrative tools.
PETYA is programmed to try more than one option to spread. If it fails in one, it tries another one.
Windows users are the one who are most affected in this. Although Microsoft has provided the patch for the same, but most of the people have not updated the same.
PETYA launched itself into the main stream via. a software update mechanism built into an accounting program that Ukarinian Government and the companies working with it require. This is the reason of major spread of the reansomware in Ukrainian Organizations.