Just because a malware outbreak has begun to fade away from the newspaper headlines, doesn’t mean your troubles are over. Many firms can continue to suffer long afterwards. Here’s a salutary reminder for all businesses, my thanks to Graham Cluley.
Just because a malware outbreak has begun to fade away from the newspaper headlines, doesn’t mean your troubles are over. Many firms can continue to suffer long afterwards. In late June, a malware attack crippled businesses and critical infrastructure in Ukraine at astonishing speed. Initially suspected of being a similar ransomware attack to the WannaCry outbreak seen the month before, the malware (variously named as Petya, NotPetya or GoldenEye by security vendors) appears to have been launched through a malicious automatic update to a popular Ukrainian accounting software tool called MeDoc. We tell companies all the time to keep their software updated with the latest available patches, and yet here was an update which actually delivered a devastating malware attack. The irony isn’t lost on anybody. Once in place on an infected PC, the malware would spread to other networked computers, using a variety of lateral movement techniques. And it didn’t take long for GoldenEye to spread beyond Ukraine’s borders, hitting the of offices of multinational companies in the United States, UK, Russia, France, Germany and elsewhere.
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