The ransomware that never was

Last Tuesday, a malware, initially suspected to be the Petya ransowmare, spread across thousands of computers, mostly in Ukraine. At first, the episode was thought to be the sequel to the WannaCry ransomware outbreak that infected hundreds of thousands of computers across the world in May.

But as the story unfolded and the details emerged, it became evident that this attack was something more, perhaps a cyberattack of political nature hidden behind the guise of a ransomware. The malware eventually acquired other names, including NotPetya, PetyaWrap and ExPetr.

Here’s what we know—so far—about the NotPetya “ransomware” attack that has been making the headlines of late. Continue reading

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