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3 Critical Steps to Stop Ransomware Like WannaCry and Petya Today

By June 27, 2017 No Comments

We are under attack.

As news breaks around the world about Petya, the newest ransomware attack, we’ve put together a 3-minute video to arm IT professionals against it. Doug Bassett, StormWind’s Senior Technical Instructor, has outlined 3 steps to make sure your systems can be protected from cybersecurity threats like this.

As of this morning, Petya ransomware has attacked companies throughout Europe. Airports, government departments, and banks in these areas have been affected. But it doesn’t stop there, Merck, a pharmaceutical giant in the United States, has been shut down due to the Petya ransomware. Over 2,000 organizations have been infected.

This comes on the heels of another cybersecurity threat, WannaCry ransomware, that affected over 150 countries. Even large firms with supposedly cutting-edge IT departments were incapacitated. Thomas Fox-Brewster from Forbes brought up something even more nefarious than WannaCry about Petya, also known as NotPetya. According to this Forbes article, Petya seems to have been created by a professional group.

“Jakub Kroustek, Threat Lab Team lead at Avast, said: “One of the perfidious characteristics of Petya ransomware is that its creators offer it on the darknet with an affiliate model which gives distributors a share of up to 85% of the paid ransom amount, while 15% is kept by the malware authors.” This kind of “ransomware-as-a-service” has been a growing concern of late, given it opens up the crime to a non-technical audience.” (Quote from Forbes Article)

There has been a significant increase in cyber-attacks, both in Ransomware and Malware, over the past 6 months, so there is NO TIME LIKE NOW to think about Cyber Security training. StormWind’s Ultimate Access and Cyber Security courses are the “bullets-in-your-belt” IT Managers need for ONGOING DEFENSE against cyber-villains. There is NO BETTER bang-for-the-buck cyber defense package you can get on the market. Take Action Now!

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Other Resources:

The Guardian: Petya ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe

The Telegraph: Petya cyber attack: Ransomware spreads across Europe with firms in the Ukraine, Britain, and Spain shut down

Forbes: Another Massive Ransomware Outbreak is Going Global Fast

Updated to include latest information