Petya ransomware encrypts entire hard drives2016-03-28 09:14 by Daniela
Tags: Petya, ransomware
Ransomware has become a popular way among hackers to make money. They are becomming bolder and bolder in developing ransomware. A recent example for this is called "Petya", ransomware that tries to encrypt an entire hard drive instead of several files only.
Everything begins with a hacker sending out an email that purports to be from a job applicant, with instructions to download a CV hosted in a Dropbox folder. Actually, the CV is the ransomware, overwrites the master boot record (MBR) of the affected PC, forcing it to crash.
A process of "fixing" the broken PC follows, but instead of fixing, the ransomware encrypts the whole hard drive. This procedure may last several hours. The price for the key required to decrypt the MFT is 0.99 bitcoins (BTC), or around US$430.
Security software manufacturer G Data recommends users not paying the requested ransom and instead ensuring that all their data is backed up. Then, in case of hard-disk failure, the data can be easily recovered.
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