Petya Ransomware: Live Counter of Ransom Dollars Paid

Total ransom paid: /

Updates every 2 seconds via blockchain.info

[UPDATE] So apparently this new Ransomware is called Petya. I’ve created a live counter of Bitcoins being sent to the alleged Bitcoin address of the hackers (found from Hacker News. I’ve just quickly used jQuery AJAX and blockchain.info’s API to get the numbers of confirmed transactions and realtime BTC/USD). Yes, I should use the native Fetch API but I was in a hurry. Here’s the code:

Bit of a breaking news that I picked up on Facebook – apparently big oil companies, airports and banks are affected in Ukraine and Russia. @mihirmodi on Twitter has confirmed that all the machines affected at his company are running Windows 8. It’s been a minute since the WannaCry ransomware / virus was tamed via patches – this seems to be an outbreak of a different sort.

I guess it pays to be on a *nix (that’s Unix/Linux for the newbies) operating system – I’m on OS X, and I’m assuming all flavours of Linux is safe from this attack.

What’s new – the affected machines get encrypted and you have to pay some Bitcoins to restore it. Asking price is $300 which seem relatively cheap to me. I wonder though, what percentage of real-life Bitcoin transactions (besides trading like buying and selling just for profit) are to pay hackers the ransom? I would think pretty high.

What else can I say… Patch your computers regularly! (I won’t say don’t use Windows, I still use it on my Bootcamp :))

Comments

  • Duncan Ward

    June 28, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Please, please subscribe to a backup service, or take regular backups. This not only protects you from patched vulnerabilities that are exploited by ransomware, but 0day attacks AND hardware failure.

  • thegeekkid

    June 28, 2017 at 7:44 am

    @Duncan: Correction: taking regular backups/subscribing to a backup service isn’t enough. You also need to regularly test your backups – they don’t do you any good if they are corrupted, stopped working, or if you don’t know how to restore from them (although – if you don’t know how to restore from them, you can always pay someone else to do it assuming they are still working; so that’s not quite as bad as the other two possibilities that I mentioned).

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