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I posted on the last on business PC's and we now have a new attack that is also global...
This is not to say any lone PC can't be involved but most are in business with many customers which need to interact, So most just make the payment demanded...

Why is it that so many businesses and govt. agencies are still so far behind in securing what they need to work correctly?


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Ransomware virus hits computer servers across the globe

Reuters.. Jack Stubbs and Pavel Polityuk, 2 hrs ago
A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia's biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and shutting down computers at multinational shipping and advertising firms.

Cyber security experts said those behind the attack appeared to have exploited the same type of hacking tool used in the WannaCry ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers in May before a British researcher created a kill-switch.

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New Wannacry variant...

Global ransomware attack causes turmoil
Tue, 27 Jun 2017: Banks, retailers, energy firms and Kiev airport say they have been targeted by malware attacks.
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Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence. Ukrainian firms, including the state power company and Kiev's main airport, were among the first to report issues. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant has also had to monitor radiation levels manually after its Windows-based sensors were shut down. The Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab said its analysis showed that there had been about 2,000 attacks - most in Ukraine, Russia and Poland. The international police organisation Interpol has said it was "closely monitoring" the situation and liaising with its member countries.


Experts suggest the malware is taking advantage of the same weaknesses used by the Wannacry attack last month. "It initially appeared to be a variant of a piece of ransomware that emerged last year," said computer scientist Prof Alan Woodward. "The ransomware was called Petya and the updated version Petrwrap. "However, now that's not so clear." The Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab reported that it believed the malware was a "new ransomware that has not been seen before" despite its resemblance to Petya. As a result, the firm has dubbed it NotPetya. Kaspersky added that it had detected suspected attacks in Poland, Italy, Germany, France and the US in addition to the UK, Russia and Ukraine.


The UK's National Crime Agency is investigating the threat

Andrei Barysevich, a spokesman for security firm Recorded Future, told the BBC such attacks would not stop because cyber-thieves found them too lucrative. "A South Korean hosting firm just paid $1m to get their data back and that's a huge incentive," he said. "It's the biggest incentive you could offer to a cyber-criminal." A bitcoin wallet associated with the outbreak has received several payments since the outbreak began. The wallet currently holds three bitcoins (5,640; $7,240). An email address associated with the blackmail attempt has been blocked by German independent email provider Posteo. It means that the blackmailers have not been able to access the mailbox.

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New cyberattack causes mass disruption globally
Jun 27,`17 : A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard.
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Officials in Ukraine reported serious intrusions of the country's power grid as well as at banks and government offices, where one senior executive posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, "the whole network is down." The prime minister cautioned that the country's "vital systems" hadn't been affected. Russia's Rosneft oil company also reported falling victim to hacking and said it had narrowly avoided major damage, as did Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk. "We are talking about a cyberattack," said Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for the Copenhagen-based shipping group. "It has affected all branches of our business, at home and abroad."

The attack was confirmed to have spread beyond Europe when U.S. drugmaker Merck, based in New Jersey, said its systems had also been compromised. The number of companies and agencies reportedly affected by the ransomware campaign was piling up fast, and the electronic rampage appeared to be rapidly snowballing into a worldwide crisis. There's very little information about what might be behind the disruption at each specific company, but cybersecurity experts rapidly zeroed in on a form of ransomware, the name given to programs that hold data hostage by scrambling it until a payment is made. "A massive ransomware campaign is currently unfolding worldwide," said Romanian cybersecurity company Bitdefender, where analyst Bogdan Botezatu said that it appeared to be nearly identical to GoldenEye, one of a family of hostage-taking programs that has been circulating for months. Some analysts were calling the new form of ransomware Petya.

It's not clear whether or why the ransomware has suddenly become so much more potent, but Botezatu said that it was likely spreading automatically across a network, without the need for human interaction. Such self-spreading software, often called "worms," are particularly feared because they can replicate rapidly, like a contagious disease. "It's like somebody sneezing into a train full of people," Botezatu told The Associated Press. "You just have to exist there and you're vulnerable."

The world is still recovering from a previous outbreak of ransomware, called WannaCry or WannaCrypt, which spread rapidly using digital break-in tools originally created by the U.S. National Security Agency and recently leaked to the web. "Data breaches and cyber hacks are one of the biggest risks facing business worldwide," said Michelle Crorie, a partner at law firm Clyde & Co. who specializes in cybersecurity issues. "The WannaCry attack and now Petya clearly demonstrate that hackers do not discriminate which type of business they are targeting." This particular variant of ransomware leaves a message with a contact email; several messages sent to the address were not immediately returned.

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By government sanction, put a bullet through the brain of any ass hole caught trying to hack any computer, and keep it up. Bleeding heart and other snowflake replies will be ignored.
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Well my business computer is safe from this M$ failure to correct, Eternal Blue exploit that these Ransomware attacks use.. As Norton informed me by e-mail today.
So why worry.

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Norton Helps Protect You from Petya Ransomware


A new strain of ransomware has appeared in multiple countries. On June 27, 2017, Petya ransomware emerged and began spreading itself to large organizations across Europe. This ransomware uses what is called the Eternal Blue exploit in Windows computers.

Norton is already protecting you against the Petya attacks that use the Eternal Blue exploit.

To learn more about this ransomware, please visit Norton Security Center.


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NSA hacking tool used to create ransomeware...

Bad Rabbit malware allegedly used NSA hacking tool
Oct. 27, 2017 -- The Bad Rabbit malware, which U.S. analysts say originated in Russia, allegedly used a leaked National Security Agency hacking tool.
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Cisco researchers found that the malware used an NSA tool called EternalRomance that takes capitalizes on a vulnerability in Windows computers by bypassing security over Server Message Block file-sharing connections. The vulnerability enables hackers to remotely execute instructions on Windows clients and servers. EternalRomance was leaked this year by a group called The ShadowBrokers, who released the tools they said were from the NSA.


Bad Rabbit was reportedly spread to computers using a fake Adobe Flash update.

It is not, however, the same NSA tool made famous by earlier ransomware outbreaks NotPetya and WannaCry. The ShadowBrokers released several packages of the EternalRomance tools, all of which they said had been stolen from the NSA. The news comes after the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, said it's "received multiple reports" of ransomware infections called Bad Rabbit in many countries around the world, including Russia, Ukraine and Germany.

A fake Adobe Flash update reportedly helped spread the malware. Once installed on one computer, the hackers could use other techniques to spread it to other computers on the same network. The hack predominantly affected Russian users and even interrupted service in Ukrainian mass transit. However, the source of the attack is still unclear. "There is a lot of speculation that Russia is the main target, which may be true, but does not rule out Russia as the attacker," Dr. Andrea Little Limbago, chief social scientist at Endgame, said.

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