A new global cyber attack is underway. It seems to have begun in the Ukraine and is rapidly spreading throughout Europe and Asia. It’s not WannaCry and it’s not, as originally reported, Petya either. Instead, it’s a new variant of ransomware dubbed NotPetya. And unfortunately, this attack is much more sophisticated and clever than its minimalistic moniker suggests.
Think you got off scot-free in regards to this whole WannaCry business? Well, it turns out that you might be immune to infection by WannaCry because you’ve already been infected by Monero cryptocoin mining Adylkuzz. #irony
Last week the WannaCry ransomware attack made headlines around the world as it spread rapidly at an unprecedented and almost mindboggling pace, infecting thousands of computers worldwide. But the next wave of attacks using the same tactics and techniques is already underway. In fact, it’s been active for weeks now. And it’s quietly getting bigger too.
That’s the err… $61,614.02 question!
The worldwide WannaCry ransomware attack has been making the news since Friday afternoon when it began to run ramped at hospitals in the UK, causing manufacturing plant shut downs across Europe propagating and encrypting everything it could get it’s hands on from ATM’s to marketing display panels.
On Friday afternoon, the UK’s National Health System (NHS) began reporting infections of a new ransomware strain known as WannaCry. Throughout Friday and into Saturday morning, it spread like wildfire across the world, infecting computers in over 150 countries. In the news was account after account of PCs, Smart TVs, ATMs, and arrival and departure displays getting hit as WannaCry sought to find and infect everything it would get its hands on.
And then . . . it seemed to just . . . well . . . stop.
An unprecedented cyber-attack by a ransomware variant known as WannaCry, which encrypts a computer’s files and then demands payment to unlock them, has propagated at a speed never before seen by cybersecurity researchers and is impacting targets worldwide. So far it has taken a major toll on operational services at targets including Telefonica in Spain, the National Health Service in the UK, and FedEx in the US with European countries, including Russia, being among the worst hit.