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What You Need You Know About The Petya Ransomware Attack

August 30, 2020 /


August 30, 2020

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How To Protect Yourself And What To Do If You Have Been Attacked
WHAT IS PETYA?
Cyberattackers have released a new strain of malware that hit the Ukraine before spreading and infecting computers worldwide. Like most ransomware strains, the malware encrypts a computer's hard drive and locks out users with a message demanding $300 in Bitcoin to unlock it. But the latest news is that it may not be ransomware at all...PAYING THE RANSOM WILL NOT GET YOUR DATA BACK
Researchers have found that while the ransom amount has been paid by at least 45 victims, the infected machines are not being decrypted and victims are NOT getting their data back. It is now believed that Petya is actually a cyberattack against a nation state with the intention of destroying data.
WHAT TO DO RIGHT NOW!
If you're one of our clients, AllSafe IT is working hard to double-check everything and make sure you're protected. What you need to do now is BE AWARE. If you get any emails with attachments, avoid opening them unless you are expecting them. It only takes a moment to make a phone call and confirm that someone sent an attachment. A little prevention goes a long way!
IF YOU ARE NOT AN ALLSAFE IT CLIENT
If you're not one of our clients, here's what you can do to protect yourself:

- Run Windows update

- Make sure your anti-virus product is up to date

- Back up your data and confirm/test your backups

Whether Petya is true ransomware or not, we don’t want you to become a victim! Call us if you have any questions or concerns or drop us a line via the form here. AllSafe IT are here to help!

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Bones Ijeoma is CEO and co-founder of AllSafe IT, and his mission is to make downtime obsolete. Bones received a BS in Computer Engineering from Cal State Long Beach and received an MBA in Entrepreneurship from USC Marshall School of Business. After finishing school and working for companies such as Marriott Hospitality, Dreamworks, and UCLA Medical Center, Bones realized there was a need for small businesses to have access to the same technology solutions that large corporations leverage.
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