Petya attack raises fears of escalation of global cyber arms race

The Petya cyber attack, which struck organisations in more than 60 countries, has set alarm bells ringing for corporations and security agencies across the world. The virulence of the attack has raised fears of a new and dangerous escalation of the global cyber arms race.

Petya is the name given to the aggressive cyber attack which began in Ukraine on June 27, and spread to affect many of the world’s largest companies.

Variants of Petya have been used in limited attacks for the past year, but this one was different. The malware was boosted with a suite a powerful capabilities and its operators used a more complex method of delivery than seen previously.

The malware attack looked like a form of ransomware — it encrypts its victims’ files and demands a ransom — but is in fact purely destructive in nature.

 

Read more: Petya attack raises fears of escalation of global cyber arms race

Don’t forget to share this via , , Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Buffer, , Tumblr, Reddit, StumbleUpon and Delicious.

Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future.

He lives in London with a single android – a temperamental vacuum cleaner – but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Petya attack raises fears of escalation of global cyber arms race

by Mike Rawson time to read: 1 min
Hi there - can I help you with anything?
[Subscribe here]
 
More in News, Online
Robots are employment enhancing
Robots employment-augmenting rather than employment-reducing

Robots are everywhere in the media again. In February 2017 The New York Times Magazine published an article titled, “Learning...

Close