A new type of ransomware has swept across Europe and the United States. Experts are calling this software ‘Petya’, in reference to an older piece of ransomware that had a large amount of shared code. Petya is a type of malware that blocks access to a computer’s data, then demands a ransom to release it. It only targets Microsoft Windows and is the second largest global ransomware attack in the last two months. If you experience an attack from Petya ransomware, do not negotiate with the assailants. Petya victims have not been provided a way to access their files after paying the ransom, leading experts to believe the program was made by amateurs.
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