Be alert with ransomware, Petya and WannaCry are just the beginning
WannaCry, when it reached more than 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries in May, was the first major ransomware attack in the world. In the weeks that followed, new malware versions were released. Yesterday (27), the Petya was a new attack, on a smaller scale, but that also left machines of banks, companies, and institutions by the world wholly inoperative.
According to numerous security experts, this is just the beginning: “It’s the tip of the iceberg,” Nicholas Weaver notes, to KrebsOnSecurity.
“I’m saying with some confidence that this malicious and destructive attack is an undercover test of ransomware. The best way to put it is: Petya’s payment infrastructure is a fecal theater,” commented Weaver.
Which means that Petya may have been just a test, a code template to test how servers and operating systems would react to a much larger malicious attack. Since yesterday, cybercriminals behind Petya have already made $ 10,000 worth of bitcoins.
“This is not meant to make money,” said an anonymous specialist called “grugq.” That was developed to spread quickly and cause damage with a plausible ‘ransomware’ disguise.