F***kin Petya Ransomware
It seems There will be many topics like this shortly, so heads up another Improved Ransomware that uses the same vulnerability of WannaCry
Unlike Wannacry, this virus does not encrypt user files, but messes with MBR and boot partitions, and encrypt them just like TrueCrypt would encrypt quickly the first and last sector of a partition, making it look unrecognizable to the system. Thus making restoration of files difficult but not impossible. However its much faster to perform than encrypting user files which usually take some time.
The Director of Global Research for Kaspersky Labs, Costin Raiu, reports that the ransomware has made the most impact in the Ukraine, with the Russian Federation coming in at second. Poland takes third place, followed by Italy and then Germany. The infection is obviously spreading actively, so this list may not be accurate for long. One hopes it will not morph into a global outbreak.
UPDATE 5:45PM PST: As of this time, the network has hit the USA full force and is currently being covered on US news services. See the ABC news source for details.
It seems there is rest only for folks that uses Linux as Desktop
Yup. No worries here :)
A stopgap fix here
Thanks for the heads up, the bat script in that article seems like good vaccination method.
Yup I woke up to the news of it this morning as people were still trying to determine if it's a new outbreak or a variant of an existing one. I just wrote a blog post on my company's site about how users and administrators can protect themselves.
Petya hackers issue fresh ransom demand