Practicing safe browsing habits is often the key in preventing your PC from being infected with malware. Though malware developers are getting smarter, meaning that an antivirus software is a must to protect your PC. The Petya ransomware for example, is quite a dangerous piece of malware.
A new strain of Petya ransomware has struck Europe and is spreading around the world, affecting many organizations. Symantec has confirmed that the Petya ransomware, like WannaCry, is using an EternalBlue exploit to spread, and has published an update on its blog, including the following key details:
- A new strain of the Petya ransomware started propagating on June 27, 2017, infecting many organizations. Similar to WannaCry, Petya uses the Eternal Blue exploit to propagate itself.
- Petya has been in existence since 2016. It differs from typical ransomware as it doesn’t just encrypt files, it also overwrites and encrypts the master boot record (MBR).
- In this latest attack, the following ransom note is displayed on infected machines, demanding that $300 in bitcoins be paid to recover files:
In addition, below are key stats from Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Threat Report around last year’s rise in ransomware for your reference.
- The average ransom per victim grew 266% in 2016 ($294 in 2015 to $1,077 in 2016).
- Ransomware attacks grew 36% in 2016 (340,665 attacks in 2015 to 463,841 attacks in 2016).