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Petya ransomware spreads globally; social media is gracefully dealing with the panic

The ransomware attack has hit parts of US, India, and Europe, among other places. Ukarine has been severely affected.

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WannaCry has barely settled, and a new ransomware attack, called Petya, has hit the globe. While the epicentre of the attacks is Ukraine, the effect is also being felt by users in US, India, Europe, and other parts of the world. Like a standard ransomware program, the virus creeps in your system and encrypts the entire hard drive and denies the user access to the computer. After the encryption process is complete, the ransomware has a specialized routine that forcefully crashes the computer to trigger a reboot that renders the computer unusable until the $300 ransom is paid.

Uptil now, over 13 people have already made payments to the hackers, and according to a tweet shared by David Patia, who is a Security Consultant at PwC a Bitcoin wallet shows 8 transactions made to the attackers, some six hours ago. The count is likely to have increased.

A lot of users on social media, many of which are from India as well, have reported a hack since last evening.

https://twitter.com/mihirmodi/status/879678870471024640

https://twitter.com/ankit5934/status/879681380686340096

There’s naturally a panic, that the virus has created.

https://twitter.com/ChrisJNovak/status/879800911291461632

Symantec also shared its research, which confirms that the Petya virus is being spread using the EternalBlue exploit. EternalBlue, is an exploit generally believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA). It was leaked by the Shadow Brokers hacker group on April 14, 2017, and was used as part of the worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack on May 12, 2017. ALSO READ: After WannaCry, another ransomware program is spreading globally

However, despite the panic, many Twitter users are actually offering support by breaking the attacks into more comprehensible ways for others.

People are offering solutions as kill switch for the virus. Although, it’s still not sure how effective these are.

The attacks has recently been reported to have hit India as well. The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, in Mumbai, which is also India’s biggest container port, has been unable to load or unload because of the attack. Because of the attacks, the Gateway Terminal India, was unable to identify which shipment belonged to whom. RELATED: Global ransomware attack reaches India; Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust in Mumbai affected

  • Published Date: June 28, 2017 2:02 PM IST