Cybersecurity in 120 Secs: Cost of a Data Breach (NotPetya Domino Effect)


This week we have been seeing the domino effect from cyber attack, NotPetya, some are questioning the differences/similarity between the WannaCry ransomware attack; there is now one case of decrypting a file related to NotPetya; companies like Reckitt Benckiser and Cadbury have felt the domino effect of a cyber-attack that raises a new degree of cost of a data breach, companies' bottom line. (These are the sort of attacks prevented by enSilo’s endpoint security software.)

Highlighting the cyber-security news from the past week in a 120 sec. read. Starting now.

NotPetya vs. WannaCry

A comparison between WannaCry ransomware and Petya/NotPetya.

Why is this significant?

  • The main difference: WannaCry is ransomware and Petya/NotPetya is “a wiper” disguised as ransomware (making Petya/NotPetya more destructive). WannaCry has an effective kill switch and Petya/NotPetya does not.
  • The main similarity: WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya, targeted systems running the Windows OS only.
  • Petya/NotPetya was a more thought out plan that is said “to have compromised affected computers more than a month before the outbreak” and spread through a tax-accounting application
  • Can we expect future attacks similar to WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya? enSilo researchers have already discovered what looks like a variation to WannaCry.

enSilo researchers discovered a new executable based on the original WannaCry malware.

Read the full story in Forbes.

NotPetya Tease

Motherboard published that hackers were able to successfully decrypt one file.

Why is this significant?

  • It proves that these hackers have the ability to decrypt some files which are currently locked. Although, this may be just a stunt to throw researchers off.
  • Companies such as Cadbury’s Tasmanian chocolate factory had to halt production due to Petya/NotPetya ransomware. How will this will affect Cadbury’s usual production of 50,000 tons of chocolate a year?
  • Even if the private key is published, the damage on these businesses has already impacted production, sales and employee morale.

Read the full story at Motherboard.

NotPetya Hits

NotPetya has had a lasting impact on Reckitt Benckiser, which saw a 2% dive in sales.

Why is this significant?

  • “The maker of Dettol soap and Durex condoms downgraded its full-year sales forecast for the year on account of global disruption of manufacturing, distribution, information-technology networks and infrastructure following last month’s Petya ransomware cyber attack.”
  • As pressure built for the end of the second quarter of 2017, Reckitt Benckiser said they were unable to ship and invoice some of the last orders.
  • Businesses are now feeling the true impact of targeted cyber-attacks. Prior to ShadowBrokers releasing the NSA exploits, the volume of the impact was easier to recover from. Now, cyber-attacks are becoming more targeted, vulnerabilities, patch times and malware are plaguing systems globally.

Read the full story at BBC News.

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