Petya Ransomware and Its Infection

Petya Ransomware is a vicious form of the virus that locks a computer’s hard drive as well as individual data files stored on it. And we are seeing that the widespread attack affected global and national organisations including the Ukranian National Bank, British advertising firm WPP and logistics company Maersk.

What is Petya?

Petya is more than typical Ransomware or we can say that it’s upgraded version of WannaCry.
It has been in existence since 2016. Ransomware only encrypt the data files but Petya ransomware doesn’t just encrypt files, it also overwrites and encrypts the master boot record (MBR).

You can see in this image how the hackers demanding $300 bitcoins to recover affected files from Petya Ransomware.

Petya Ransomware
Credit: Setupactivate

How does Petya spread and infect computers?

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