New ransomware gets hard disk lock

Mar

26

2016

A new ransomware prevents the user gets access to the entire hard drive. The Petya-ransomware so far seems to focus on businesses. The number-ransomware infections in the UK is rising sharply, according to statistics.

The malware which claims the entire hard drive to have encrypted is Petya dipped to a term in the notification receiving victims. Most ransomwarevarianten specific encrypt individual files. The German company G-Data describing the detected distribution is being aimed at companies and at least in Germany doing the rounds. Personnel departments receive emails with a Dropbox link to a portfolio. Instead, they download an executable file that provides the infection.

Petya creates a blue screen in Windows and manipulates the Master Boot Record. After a reboot claims to run the system for a chkdsk error checking, but in fact, this process ensures that the malware makes the system inaccessible. G-Data, moreover, assumes provisionally that Petya not encrypt all files on the hard drive, but access is impossible. A test by a German site pointed out that even after repairing the Master Boot Record of the hard disk is not accessible.

Petya Ransomware
Petya Ransomware
Petya Ransomware
Petya Ransomware

Ransomware is growing strongly and that is particularly true for the Benelux, claiming another security firm, Trend Micro. The company calculated that in February this year in the UK more ransomware infections were detected than in the entire last half of 2015. Worldwide, the number of detected ransomwaregevallen in the Netherlands and Belgium already a share of 6 percent, which normally 1 to 2 percent would be. Moreover, the majority would have been cryptoransomware, where for example, was threatened in the past with false police warnings.

Security recommended to make regular backups, software patches as quickly as possible and to implement security suites to keep up-to-date.

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