Europe, Russia and the United States are being hit by a new ransomware attack. Apparently, so far, only hitting Windows PCs. Got the following notice from Wordfence security:
This is a public service announcement from Wordfence. The following attack campaign is widespread and is having a global impact. We are sending this broadcast to our WordPress subscribers to ensure they are able to keep their Windows workstations secure.
The Petya Ransomware has gone global this morning and security analysts are scrambling to understand the full scope of the threat and to add detection capability to their products. A few minutes ago, we published a blog post which includes what we know so far and what you can do to protect yourself, along with a a video demonstration of the ransomware and additional information sources that are being updated in real-time as this attack campaign unfolds.
We also include the growing list of some of the companies and organizations that have already been affected by this attack campaign. We recommend you share this information to help the broader online community stay safe.
You can find full details on our blog...
The bottom line is that we should all remain diligent in keeping our computer and mobile systems secure. Do not open attachments in email, download strange software or go to questionable websites. Keep back-ups of all your data and applications in a secure cloud server and non-network, external storage. Malware can impact across all platforms including MacOS, iOS, Android and Linux, though Windows users are usually the most targeted.
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