Petya ransomware slams Windows PCs shut in massive attack

Source: CNet News

"Another widespread ransomware attack is threatening to wreak havoc across the world. Businesses and government agencies have been hit with a variation of the Petya ransomware — that is, malware that holds crucial files hostage. The malware is demanding $300 in bitcoin before victims can regain access. The new ransomware, identified by security firm Bitdefender as GoldenEye, has two layers of encryption, researchers said. It locks up both your files and your computer's file system. 'Just like Petya, it is particularly dangerous because it doesn't only encrypt files, it also encrypts the hard drive as well,' said Bogdan Botezatu, a senior threat analyst with Bitdefender. The malware forces an infected PC to reboot as soon as it finishes encrypting files, so you'll see the ransom demands as soon as possible. Researchers at Recorded Future said there's also a hidden Trojan on Petya that steals victims' usernames and passwords." (06/27/17)

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