'Vaccine' created for huge cyber-attack

'Vaccine' created for huge cyber-attack

'Vaccine' created for huge cyber-attack

Yesterday a new variant of Petya Ransomware was unleashed, starting in the Ukraine and then spreading to Russian Federation and beyond.

It's still unclear where the ransomware came from, but MalwareTech, who recently discovered the killswitch to halt the recent WannaCry attack, has backed up several analyst's reports pointing to a popular Ukrainian accounting software as being the source.

Also, in a message sent using its verified Twitter account, Merck confirmed Tuesday that its computer network was "compromised" as part of a global attack. "The virus crippled computers running Microsoft Corp's Windows by encrypting hard drives and overwriting files, then demanded $300 in bitcoin payments to restore access", notes Reuters.

Mr Flynn said companies that patched their systems during the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in April and May were in a strong position to fend off any attack from the new malware. Cho Sung-min, Arirang News. Affected targets so far have included radiation detection systems at Chernobyl, pharmaceutical companies and hospitals.

Still, the attack could be more risky than traditional strains of ransomware because it makes computers unresponsive and unable to reboot, Juniper Networks said in a blog post analyzing the attack.

After the WannaCry scourge in May, Microsoft called on people to protect machines with the MS17-010 patch.

Security researchers have discovered a "vaccine" for the huge cyber-attack that hit organisations across the world on Tuesday.

"It will still act as a platform to spread the ransomware to other machines on the same network".

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The US government is preparing to help any institution affected by the new cyberattack that is affecting companies around the world, officials said.

"The terminal impacted is operated by Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk, which said separately on Tuesday that the cyber attack had caused outages in its computer systems globally". It comes as Petya cyber attack, which took out servers at Russia's and disrupted Ukraine's banks, reaches Australia.

The malware is being compared to the WannaCry outbreak that struck in more than 150 countries last month - but so far, at least, Petya seems to be spreading more slowly.

Europol director Rob Wainwright called the hack "another serious ransomware attack".

But the new attack appeared much smaller in scale, with global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab estimating the number of victims at 2,000. The cyber attack has said to have underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their networks from increasingly aggressive hackers.

"If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible, because they have been encrypted", read the text on one such infected screen from Ukrainian media firm Channel 24.

"The age-old advice is to never click on a link in an email", says Jerome Segura, a senior malware intelligence researcher at Malwarebytes, a company based in San Jose, California, that has released anti-ransomware software. Read Also: Ransomware, the weapon wielded in cyber attacks " We are trying to shift some work to manual as we need to streamline the ships and their scheduled arrival, stay and departure", he said.

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