Another ransomware attack is underway. Batten down the hatches!

BBC - Global Ransomware Attack


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on Jun 27, 2017

If you're only 'battening down the hatches' now....you're too late!     

 

Least Privilege is the only thing that can/will protect us from these types of breaches and only if society embraces it completely!

 

on Jun 27, 2017

This one's the Petya/Petna variant of WannaCry...only minus the security holes WannaCry had.

Bad news. Make your backups...

on Jun 27, 2017

the_Monk

Least Privilege is the only thing that can/will protect us from these types of breaches and only if society embraces it completely!

There's also air-gapping...

the article
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has also had to monitor radiation levels manually after its Windows-based sensors were shut down.

It takes a special level of incompetence to put a nuclear reactor on the internet. But then this *is* Chernobyl we're talking about...

on Jun 27, 2017



It takes a special level of incompetence to put a nuclear reactor on the internet. But then this *is* Chernobyl we're talking about...

 

Well, granted it's just monitoring stations that are reporting background..

 

Just like these, mostly just individuals with rad detectors reporting with windows machines.. http://www.netc.com/

It's not really entirely clear that the chernobyl folks were really that much more incompetent than everyone else, although obviously less lucky..

Certainly not dumber than these idiots..

https://passingstrangeness.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/sl-1-murder-by-nuclear-reactor/

haha

on Jun 27, 2017



Quoting the_Monk,

Least Privilege is the only thing that can/will protect us from these types of breaches and only if society embraces it completely!



There's also air-gapping...


With 'least privilege' in terms of wide-spread societal adoption I am mainly referring to the millions of average joe's who need to learn that principle in order to secure their systems from becoming some scripter's bot network.  Which alone would go a long way to lessening the spread of some of the recent publicized threats.

 

on Jun 28, 2017

Just received this from Malwarebytes:

"A new strain of ransomware, a Petya-esque variant being called Petya/NotPetya, is swiftly spreading across the globe today, impacting tens of thousands of computers as of 2:00 p.m., PST. More powerful, professional, and dangerous than last month's WanaCrypt0r attack, the Petya-esque ransomware uses the same EternalBlue exploit to target vulnerabilities in Microsoft's operating system. However, unlike WanaCrypt0r, this ransomware instructs you to reboot your computer and then locks up your entire system. Long story short: if you get this infection, you're hosed.

We're alerting you to reassure you that if you're currently using the premium version (or the premium trial) of Malwarebytes with real-time protection turned on, you are protected from this threat. Our premium technology blocks the Peyta-inspired ransomware before it can encrypt your system. (The free version of Malwarebytes, however, does not protect you against this attack. To see which version you have, open up your Malwarebytes software and look for the version name at the top of the window.)

If you're not currently using the premium version of Malwarebytes, we recommend that you update your Microsoft Windows software immediately. Microsoft released a patch for this vulnerability in March. You may access the patch here. We also recommend you be extra vigilant about opening emails, as one suspected method for spreading this infection is through infected Office documents delivered via spam.

If you're thinking about paying the ransom for this threat ($300 in Bitcoin per PC)—don't bother. The email service that hosted the address where victims were instructed to send payment has closed the account. So at this point trying to pay the ransom will result in a returned email. However, the attackers may provide their victims with alternative forms of payment transactions.

Cyberattacks at a global scale seem to be happening more and more frequently. At Malwarebytes, we pledge to keep our customers and readers informed. Your safety is our number one priority.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Malwarebytes team 
P.S. Learn more about this threat here."

on Jun 28, 2017

Thankfully I have Malwarebytes Premium. Plenty of backups too

on Jun 28, 2017

Thought you'd like that email.

on Jun 28, 2017

DrJBHL

P.S. Learn more about this threat here."

The "here" is kind of an interesting read.  For the curious, here's another:

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/06/27/new-ransomware-attack-hits-ukraine/

 

on Jun 28, 2017

DrJBHL

you might find this interesting:

Yep.  That's where my head was going.

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