The scars of Wannacry have not healed yet, but there comes a new ransomware attack to haunt the cyber world again. Petya, another ransomware, has hit organizations across Europe. Unfortunately, it's far more sophisticated and disruptive to your operations. 2017 is being swept by the ransomware wave, and this does not seem to end.
Ransomware, as it is called, is malicious software that locks a device —computer, tablet or smartphone and demands a ransom to unlock it. It hits the device when navigating through various hacked websites, downloading a file or clicking a wrong link.
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The second massive cyber attack, a variant of the ransomware Petya re-emerged using the same Eternal Blue exploit and hit organizations worldwide, especially Ukraine. It is found to exploit MS Office and SMBv1 vulnerabilities and has worm capabilities, which allows it to spread quickly across infected networks.
Hackers' left no stone unturned. Another cyber attacks was launched by unleashing a virus on the instant messaging app 'Skype', exploiting it's zero day vulnerability. This Skype virus allows attackers to remotely crash the application with an unexpected exception error, to overwrite the active process registers, and to execute malicious code.
Fireball is a Chinese malware that affected nearly 250 million computers worldwide with India among the worst-hit countries. This Cyber attack was designed to hijack browsers and turn them into zombies. It is capable of executing any code on infected machines, resulting in a wide range of actions from stealing credentials to dropping additional software nasties.
Delta Charlie, a botnet malware used by Hidden Cobra, has affected thousands of computers worldwide. This cyber attack launches Distributed Denial-of-service attacks on vulnerable computers that are missing required patches.
May 12th, 2017 witnessed the biggest ever cyber attack in the Internet history. A ransomware named WannaCry stormed through the network. It targeted computers running Windows OS that are not up-to-date and brought computer systems from Russia to China and the US to their knees.