Ransomware Locks MBR

Ransomware Locks Master Boot Record

Ransomware has become very popular recently. It’s being used to encrypt data on machines and requiring money to restore access to the information. Now PC World credits researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro about a new version of ransomware.

The ransomware is being dubbed “Petya.” This ransomware overwrites the master boot record (MBR) and Windows ends up with a Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

SC Magazine adds that the victims are being delievered Petya through a resume on Dropbox. The attackers disguise themselves as potential applicants seeking a job.

Per BBC, Petya charges a ransom of 0.99 bitcoins or roughly $430. There is a penalty of doubling the ransom if not paid in a timely manner.

Our Analysis

This ransomware is tricky especially since it’s being disguised as a job applicant. Businesses shouldn’t be accepting applications by going to a Dropbox link, so this lesson will force business to use a new method in obtaining resumes. Companies that use LinkedIn or CareerBuilder may change their ways in viewing applicant’s resumes. You shouldn’t click on a Dropbox link unless it’s from a credible person you know.

Ransomware is just a scam and should never be paid to regain access. Non-technical people also should not “Google” the problem, because it could lead to more issues. You should contact an IT professional about removing the ransomware and clean up your computer.

A business that is infected have a few options if attacked with ransomware. They could contact the IT department and have someone clean up the PC. The best option would be to reimage the PC with a clean install of the operating system to ensure it’s completely clear of the scam.

The best advice for ransomware is to not panic if your machine gets infected. Before clicking on random links make sure you trust the source. There are options to save your computer and professionals to help.

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References

SC Magazine
BBC
PC World


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About Scott Entsminger

Scott Entsminger was born and raised in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Scott has worked for the Department of Defense since graduating college. He is an expert in Windows Administration; with specific experience in Group Policy and vulnerability remediation. He also has specific experience in Information Assurance (IA) and Cyber Security.

Scott holds the CompTIA Security+ certification. He is always looking to diversify his skillset. Scott is an avid sports fan, particularly baseball. He also is an avid gamer and enjoys learning different skills involving his PC.