‘Petya’ ransomware attack: what is it and how can it be stopped?

‘Petya’ ransomware attack: what is it and how can it be stopped?

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The website homepage of British advertising company WPP after it was targeted by international cyber-attack ‘Petya’. Photograph: Benjamin Fathers/AFP/Getty Images Wednesday 28 June 2017 07.17 BST First published on Wednesday 28 June 2017 01.24 BST Many organizations in Europe and the US have been crippled by a ransomware attack known as “Petya”. The malicious software has spread through large firms including the advertiser WPP, food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping and transport firm Maersk, leading to PCs and data being locked up and held for ransom. It’s the second major global ransomware attack in the past two months. In early May, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) was among the organizations infected by WannaCry, which used a vulnerability first revealed to the public as part of a leaked stash…
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