The FBI Notice for All Business Owners on NotPetya Ransomware

The FBI has released a NEWSFLASH on the NotPetya Ransomware attack which is still spreading online.


According to numerous open-source reports, a widespread ransomware campaign is affecting various organizations in the United States, France, India, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Initial open-source reporting detailed a potential variant of the Petya ransomware was being utilized in the attack and demanded a ransom of $300 US worth of bitcoin.

Technical Details

Open-source reports indicate the new ransomware employs the same EternalBlue exploit used by WannaCry ransomware, allowing it to spread quickly and infect additional systems. Published by the Shadow Brokers in April 2017, the vulnerability targets Windows’ SMB file-sharing system. Microsoft issued a patch for the MS17-010 SMB vulnerability on March 14, 2017. In addition to leveraging the Service Message Block (SMB) vulnerability, the ransomware also uses wmic/PSExec to move between computers on a local network.

A variant of the Petya ransomware was potentially used in the attack, according to open-source reporting. Petya ransomware was first discovered in 2016 and operated atypically from previous known ransomware variants by overwriting the Master Boot Record (MBR)


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