Another cyber attack named as “Petya” which is like “WannaCry” has achieved India subsequent to spreading from Europe to the US overnight, hitting organizations, port administrators and government systems. On Tuesday, June 27, a terminal worked by AP Moller-Maersk at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, an office close to Mumbai which is India’s greatest container port, was not able to load or unload as a result of the attack, as per the country’s shipping ministry. The office, called Gateway Terminal India, can’t distinguish which shipment has a place with whom, the ministry said. The attack is being done by the Petya virus, with users being advised to pay $300 as bitcoins for per infected PC to open their systems.
As indicated by news distributed in “The Indian Express”, Ukraine and Russia are one of the generally influenced nations from this virus. In Ukraine, government workplaces, energy organizations, banks, money machines, gas stations, and markets, have all been affected. The Ukrainian Railways, Ukrtelecom, and the Chernobyl power plant were additionally influenced by the attack.
How Petya Virus Spreads?
Petya is a ransomware, which bolts up a PC’s documents and requests payment to open the information. All information on a PC gets encrypted. This message is flashed on a PC, “If you see this text, then your files are no longer accessible because they are encrypted. Perhaps you are busy looking for a way to recover your files, but don’t waste your time. Nobody can recover your files without our decryption service”.
Once the malware attack the PC; it will sit tight for one hour or something like that, and after that reboots the system. After the rebooting, the records were encrypted and a user gets a ransom note on their PC requesting that they have to pay up. Users are additionally cautioned against turning off their PC amid the rebooting procedure since it could make them lose their records.
How To Prevent Your Computer FromPetya Virus?
As per a tweet from Hacker Fantastic, when the computer goes in for a reboot, the user should turn off the PC by disconnecting power. His tweet peruses, “If machine reboots and you see this message, power off immediately! This is the encryption process. If you do not power on, files are fine”. The issue with Petya is that right now analysts have no answer for decrypting the infected records. There’s additionally no chance to get of preventing the attack from the spreading, given it misuses vulnerabilities in the system.
For computer users, it is best to keep a backup of their all data. Ideally, this data should not be on the web. Users should not tap on email links from suspicious id’s or tap on those links requesting access to individual data. Likewise, keep your Windows PC updated with the latest software.
News Source: The Indian Express.