By: Scarlett Chai and S.C. Chang
Taipei, June 28 (CNA) The Executive Yuan’s Department of Cyber Security said Wednesday that it has
not received any reports of government computers being attacked by Petrwrap ransomware that has ravaged mostly government and state enterprise computers in Europe and beyond since Tuesday.
The latest ransomware, initially dubbed Petya, sends social engineering mails to targets. Once the attached file is opened, the virus will immediately spread throughout the computer and encrypt files. The virus will also spread to networked computers.
Petrwrap has reportedly attacked corporate computers in Ukraine, Russia, Denmark, Spain, France, the United Kingdom and India.
“What makes the rapid escalation of Petya both surprising and alarming is its similarity to the recent worldwide WannaCry ransomware crisis, primarily in its use of NSA exploit EternalBlue to spread through networks,” according to a WIRED magazine report. [FULL STORY]