Update, Update, Update.
Yet another “ransomware” is running rampant in Europe (primarily the Ukraine) , and it can be avoided with windows updates; that’s it. Petya-Mischa/notPetya/Nyetya whatever they are calling now, is based off of the same exploit Wannacry/Wannacrypt took advantage of, EternalBlue. This time the attack has become more potent, instead of encrypting specific files it encrypts your MFT (Master File Table). Basically it renders your operating system useless, and the ransom is in bitcoin (about $300). According to this Forbes.com article, as of June 27, 2017 only 22 payments had been made. The really bad news here is that the email account linked to the ransomware has been shut down and there is no way of getting your files back apart from a restore. If you do not have backups of your data, it is gone; sounds like a waste of money to me . Unless you have been living under a rock,… [Read More]