Organisations around the globe have recently found themselves “crippled” by a cyber attack called Petya. Airports, banks and government departments in the Ukraine are the latest European targets.
This cyber attack started to spread just weeks after WannaCry seriously disrupted substantial numbers of businesses in Europe and the US.
Petya’s malicious software demands payment of a $300 ransom in cryptocurrency (Bitcoins), to enable those infected to recover their files. However, some industry insiders believe it was developed more for its potential for destruction, rather than profit.
Petya gives a clear signal of the sophistication and reach of this form of cyber crime.
And it makes it even more imperative for companies to use Network Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) technology.
One of the leading products in this field is Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEPP).
This, and options within the Norton range, offer businesses a way of guarding computers against ransomware – including further Petya incursions.
Patching To Prevent Access
One of the advantages of Symantec in the fight against Petya is that it supports clients in creating a “patch” that was developed by Microsoft early this year. This patch plugs the potential for Petya to enter systems via the Eternal Blue exploit.
Petya is believed to have infected computers using this route, before modifying the master boot record, allowing it to control the normal loading process.
Early Detection & Updated Information
Apart from helping to plug the gap that can help this ransomware infect computers, Symantec also provides an early detection of cyber attacks from Petya.
As this latest attack shows the acumen of cyber criminals in evolving malicious software, it's important for companies to not become complacent even if they have solutions like Symantec installed.
Therefore its developers are ensuring Symantec is constantly updated and developed.