The ransomware known as "Petya" has been ravaging computer networks around the world On Tuesday morning reports of a ransomware known as "Petya" was encrypting computers beginning in Ukraine. It quickly spread throughout business and enterprise computer networks in different countries. Although we do not have all the answers for Peyta here is what is known so far. What is Petya? Petya is a type of malware known as ransomware. Machines infected by the ransomware have their fil
The first infections in Ukraine — more than 12,500 machines encountered the threat. - Microsoft The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CRET) has issued an alert of the ransomware Petya that is infecting computers around the world. Petya is a type of malware that is taking the world by storm by encrypting files and demanding a payment of bitcoins in order to restore the stolen files. A spokesperson from Microsoft has stated "We saw the first infections in Ukra
Around the globe firms are reporting they have been victims of a large scale cyber attack. British advertising agency WPP is just one of dozens of firms reporting of a possible breach of data. Firms in Ukraine were among the first to report of issues with a state power distributor and one of Kiev's main airports as being breached. "It appears to be a variant of a piece of ransomware that emerged last year. It was updated earlier in 2017 by the criminals when certain aspects w
One of the largest insurance companies in the US could pay a record breaking settlement for a 2015 data breach. Anthem insurance company has agreed to a settlement of a record breaking $115 million for a data breach which occurred in 2015. Anthem suffered a data breach which resulted in almost 80 million records being leaked and stolen. The records contained client names, date of births, medical IDs, physical and online email addresses, and social security numbers. Utilizing
The largest breach of electoral data in the US has taken place with voters information being leaked. Sensitive information of almost 200 million US citizens has been exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The data was available publicly via an Amazon cloud server which revealed the information of nearly 62% of the US population. Among the 1.1 terabytes of information were birthdays, home addresses, telephone numbers, and political views.