A new ransomware called Petya, like WannaCry, is using Eternal Blue exploit developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to spread across the world. Ukraine’s national banks, power companies, airport, metro services and several organizations are under attack by Petya. The attack is spreading fast and security companies are seeing thousands of infection attempts at the moment. More than 80 companies in Russia and Ukraine are reportedly infected already. Even the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is now under attack and they have now switched to manual monitoring of radiation. As you can see in the image above, this ransomware demands $300 in Bitcoin similar to WannaCry to get the decryption code.
The intrusion is “the biggest in Ukraine’s history,” Anton Gerashchenko, an aide to the Interior Ministry, wrote on Facebook. The goal was “the destabilization of the economic situation and in the civic consciousness of Ukraine,” though it was “disguised as an extortion attempt,” he said.
This Petya ransomware affects only old Windows PCs which are running without latest updates. If you are running latest Windows 7 SP1 or latest OS from Microsoft with recent updates, you don’t have to worry about this cyberattack.