Petya Ransomware Attack Affecting Companies Globally

There have been many reports that many companies across the globe have been subject to another major ransomware cyber-attack, currently known to have affected over 12,500 machines in Ukraine alone.

The malware compromises the computer through the download of a legitimate application (a tax application called MEDoc was the first known instance) and then creates a task to restart the computer after 10-60 minutes.

The malware then encrypts the computer (pretending to be a disk check) and then demands a ransom of $300 in Bitcoins per computer to be paid. One Bitcoin is currently worth $2350!

petya ransomPetya Ransomware encrypting a computer.

These attacks come just two months after the WannaCry attack and use similar methods to spread throughout a network. Consumers that are using the latest Windows updates and definitions for their antivirus should be safe.

Additional information for technical users can be found here.

We can confirm that all of our clients are secured from this type of attack and the underlying vulnerability used to spread between computers. If you have been affected by this attack, or are worried about your compter security, get in contact with us today on 0800 304 7444 or enquiries@coretek.co.uk and we’ll be happy to help.

About the Author Matthew Hibberd

Matt is one of our Senior Systems Consultants.

Bringing with him a wealth of experience in the industry, Matt is the super-technical guy that every IT company needs. He is our Cloud / Virtualisation Architect, which means that he is working hard behind the scenes developing our industry leading CoretekCloud platform.

Away from the screen, you may well bump into Matt on one of his epic bike rides, working on his collection of retro TV's or feeding his insatiable curry habit. On the odd occasion, he may also attempt to crack out a half-baked tune on his guitar.