“Petya” Ransomware Attack: What You Need to Know

A post today from Krishna Kurapati, CEO of qliqSOFT, Inc., a HIPAA-compliant healthcare messaging application company, is entitled, “Petya” Ransomware Attack: What You Need to Know." In the post, Kurapati describes that, "For the second time in two months, a major ransomware attack has had international implications. Like the previous Wannacry/WanntCrypt ransomware attack, “Petya” spreads through Windows networks at rapid speeds."

(The website homepage of British advertising company WPP after it was targeted by international cyber-attack ‘Petya’. Photograph: Copyright © 2017 Benjamin Fathers/AFP/Getty Images.)

Actions to take to prevent this attack

In his post, Kurapati makes the following recommendations to protect against this latest attack (bulleted below for easier reading):

  • Run the latest updates to your antivirus software. The latest versions of both Symantec and Kaspersky products should protect against “Petya” infections. Please confirm with your vendors.
  • Additionally, keeping Windows updated and making sure that THIS critical patch from March is installed, should help protect against future attacks with different payloads.

Kurapati addresses users of the "QliqSOFT’s Secure Texting platform" in his post, stating that it, "will still be able to function via mobile device, allowing patient care to continue uninterrupted."

(Content above Copyright © 2017 qliqSOFT, Inc. All Rights Reserved.)

Contact Derive Technologies

Please call (212) 363-1111, or complete the form on this page (please indicate "Petya Ransomware" in the form's comments), to speak to a Derive IT Security Specialist. Note too that Derive is a Microsoft Gold Partner, and can assist exisiting and new clients with issues surrounding the Microsoft platform.