The Internet is slowly becoming a dangerous place for data in the past few years. In fact, this year alone, there have been a number of major cyber attacks on big conglomerates and various government facilities. A few months back, UK’s National Health Service was seriously hit by the WannaCry ransomware cyber attack.
While the UK was the one hit bit time with the ransomware last time, this time around the effect spread across Europe’s big whig. Among the affected are mining company EVRAZ, shipping giant A.P Moller-Maersk, oil company Rosnof, Ukraine’s airport, and Britain’s WPP.
According to The Verge, Kaspersky researchers have earlier identified the ransomware as an iteration of the Petya. The antivirus company later revised its findings and said that the ransomware is a new strain and named it “NotPeyta” or Petrwrap.
According to reports early Tuesday, there have been a total of 2,000 users that are affected by the cyber attack. The ransomware is somewhat similar to the EternalBlue exploit that WannaCry used back in April.
At the moment, Microsoft is still investigating the issue. The software giant is since to release a patch for the vulnerability that was exposed by the EternalBlue bug. Right now, most of the machines affected as Windows-based computers and servers that uses Microsoft’s SMB file-sharing system.
To other Windows users, Petrwrap is a run-of-the-mill ransomware just like WannaCry. It infects systems by encrypting all the files with a private key rendering it unusable. The program then sends out instructions on paying a ransom of a certain amount, usually in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin.
Right now, it is still uncertain whether these entities affected by the ransomware have recovered from the attack. It is still to early to assess the damages that the exploit has caused. However, it is quite clear that nothing catastrophic has happened yet in the past 24 hours after the attacks.