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Tonga CERT urges computer users to stay alert as a new ransomware attack struck Europe

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28th July 2017 Tonga’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) is advising computer users about a new ransomware attack similar to last month’s WannaCry attack that has disrupted companies in the United Kingdom, India and throughout Europe this week.

Cyber Security experts said those behind this new ransomware attack are using a new version of Petya, a ransomware that encrypts Master File Tree (MFT) tables for NTFS partitions that overwrites the Master Boot Record with a custom bootloader that shows a ransom which prevents victimsfrom booting their PCs.

The ransom is using the contact details of This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to ask for a payment of $300 in Bitcoin.

Petya appear to be spread via email spam in the form of booby-trapped Office documents. The documents use the CVE-2017-0199 Office RTF to download and run the Petya installer which executes the SMB worm and spreads to new computers on the same network.

Tonga’s CERT recommends the computer users to ensure that all versions of Windows are patched up to the latest that is available, disable the outdated protocol SMBv1 and Isolate unpatched systems from larger network.

The team also advises computer users to call CERT’s hotline – 2378, if they will encounter such attack.

ENDS

For more information please contact Tonga National CERT; Ph: 2378; Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
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