NotPetya, Trump and a Cyber Katrina
In May the WannaCry ransomware attack hit approximately 400,000 computers in 150 countries. Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts some portion of your computer files, demanding payment by the victim via Bitcoin to regain access. WannaCry was the largest ransomware attack in history, yielding over $100,000 in ransomware payments and causing approximately $1-4 billion in economic damage.
That was the warning. Nearly 7 weeks later, the NotPetya attack struck and spread to 65 countries in what seemed like a WannaCry sequel. Except the ransomware component was designed in a manner that the payment address was easily shut down and the files were destroyed regardless of payment. Analysts concluded that the ransomware component was a “lure to control the media narrative” and hide what was an attack by a state…
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