In a camera-ready twist, the demand for ransom actually did come in the form of an analog note. Users were instructed to turn on their printers, which promptly spat out a demand for a “licensing fee” of $189 to be paid …
Petya is a type of ransomware that appeared in early 2016 and returned to a trick first seen in the early 1990s, whereby criminals do not encrypt all the files on your computer but instead they attack a part of the operating system called the Master File Table (MFT).
From the looks of images being posted across social media, the ransomware note is in English and demanding $300 in Bitcoin, similar to the WannaCry ransom.
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Unfortunately, there is currently no way to decrypt files that have been encrypted by WannaCry, however there are researchers right now totally dedicated to this kind of cyber threat.
The attack started on Friday, 12 May 2017, infecting more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries, with the software demanding ransom payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin in 28 languages.
These numbers all support the fact that connected media and devices are now an integral part of daily life for most people around the world. In particular, smartphones have brought connectivity to more than half of the world’s population, so it’s time for businesses, NGOs, and governments everywhere to stop thinking of digital, social, and mobile as ‘new’ or ‘emerging’ media.
The hack tricks unsuspecting users into opening infected Word documents which subsequently run malicious macros once the file has been loaded.
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