Category: Global spread of WannaCry Ransomware

Find the Key needed to unencrypt a Hard Drive encrypted by Petya Ransomware

Click on this link to visit the GitHub site where Leo Stone has posted some code which might just figure out the key required to unencrypt a Hard Drive encrypted by Petya Ransomeware. He suggests to try finding the key using an image copy of the Petya encrypted Hard Disk,. That way the original may not be harmed.  

Disclaimer: if you use Leo Stone’s code and method, you do so at your own risk. Loe also suggested to make and use an image copy of the encrypted hard Drive so as not to potentially damage the original. Leo’s code may find the key, or it may not. Playing around with the encrypted Hard Drive may damage it to the point that even if you pay the Ransom, you may not be able to reteive your data from said hard drive. I again state that following Loe Stone’s method as posted on GitHub is done at your own risk. Do your own Due Diligence. You could lose all the data on the hard drive.

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Petya Ransomware Major Global Attack

WannaCry Ransomware paved the way by showing how to quickly spread across the Global Internet. It focused on on a vulnerability with Windows SMB which had been there for years and only exploited by Nation State employed Hackers.

Petya Ransonware, as has been named by the Security Staff at Kaspersky Lab, learned much from the WannaCry outbreak. Petya Ransomware has spread to thousands of computers at major institutions across the Globe. Petya ransomware is just starting. This is a major Ransomware attack.

It is basically a Worm which was first spread by malicious XL spreadsheets. Once on a network it stays in memory and as such is no so easy to detect and protect against. It looks like it is also focusing on the Windows SMB protocol and the Ports which support SMB.No wonder the focus on SMB as Petya use EternalBlue code as did WannaCry

My big fear is that Banks and Financial Institution had been targeted by Petya Ransomware. If it infects a large number of Banks then we could possibly see a Major Banking Crisis. It might be an idea to keep some cash on hand, in a safe place. Because it operates as Worm Code it is hard to detect and eliminate.

I will prepare a full review later this week. In the meantime the following are links which will shed light on what is happening. Some of the protective measures which stopped WannaCry Ransomware in it’s tracks, like disabling SMB ports, could also work to stop or slow the spread of Petya Ransomware.

Click on this link to visit Krebs On Security to read their initial post about Petya.

Click on this link to visit the Kaspersky Lab post titled “Petya Ransomware eats your hard drives

Click on this link to visit the Securelist site to read their very detailed post about how Petya Ransomware functions.

Click on this link to visit the Check Point site to read their discussion of the Petya Ransomware worldwide outbreak.

Video is courtesy of the F-Secure YouTube channel

 Click on this link to view the prior coverage about WannaCry Ransomware found on Uniquely Toronto.

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Analysis of PETYA Ransomware running live on a computer

Petya Ransomware could be called WannaCry V3 as it is using the same EternalBlue / DoublePulsar code. It starts running via a Windows DLL. In the video below Colin runs Petya on a computer to be able to study it.

Video is courtesy of the Colin Hardy YouTube channel

WannaKey along with WanaKiwi may help to decrypt your WannaCry encrypted files without having to pay the Ransom

WannaKey works with older variants of Windows Server and Windows Workstation Operating Systems such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

When WannaCry encrypts your files, it creates a Private Key which is used to create the decrypt key. Then the Private key is erased. On older Windows systems the erase does not remove the data from memory. So if you are lucky and you have “not” rebooted the PC then there is a chance that WannaKey could recover the Private key, because it is still held in the system memory.

Once you have the Private Key then you can use a different program called wanakiwi to decrypt the files on the WannaCry encrypted PC.

The key point to remember is that the above process “MAY’ work. The Computer which was encrypted by WannaCry Ransomware, must “NOT” have been rebooted. Any files to download would be done using a different computer and then run on the encrypted PC via a USB flash Drive.  The WannaCry code did issue the command to erase the Private Key but the bug in older Windows Operating Systems is that Private Key has not been erased from the computer’s main memory.  With a bit of luck, you may be able to decrypt your WannaCry encrypted PC. Note there is no guarantee that this will work. If you are unsure how to go about this, then get a computer professional to help you.

Click on this Link to visit the GitHub page for Wannakey.

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Click on this Link to visit the Comae Blog post by Matt Suiche titled “WannaCry — Decrypting files with WanaKiwi + Demos”. Matt goes thru the whole process along with screen shots.

Video is courtesy of the Vishnu Ava YouTube channel

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Disclaimer: Everything in the post above is subject to change without notice. There could be unintentional errors. Please confirm all info via the linked to websites and web pages. Best Practice is to also always create daily backups. If you try to decrypt a WannaCry encrypted personal computer or server, you do so at your own risk. There is no guarantee that the above info will be successful in decrypting the files.

CERT had issued Vulnerability Note VU#867968 advising about the SMB vulnerability in Microsoft Windows

WannaCry Ransomware seems to have appeared out of the blue. Because of it thousands of people have searched the internet to find out how to disable SMB on their Microsoft Windows based Servers and Workstations and Personal Computers. Thousands had dropped by Uniquely Toronto to read out posts which provided details on ways to disable SMB v1.0.

Now Adylkuzz is running another major attack which is underway and uses the SMB vulnerability in Windows.

There was a prior Cert advisory titled: “Vulnerability Note VU#867968” (Microsoft Windows SMB Tree Connect Response denial of service vulnerability) was issued on Feb 02 2017.

In March Microsoft issued their Microsoft Security Bulletin MS17-012 which addressed the SMB issue.

There was also an even earlier US-CERT Advisory posted on Jan 16 2017 titled: “SMB Security Best Practices”, which suggested “blocking outbound SMB connections (TCP ports 139 and 445 along with UDP ports 137 and 138) from the local network to the WAN. “. Port blocking can be done using your Firewall Software (or Hardware)

“US-CERT cautions users and administrators that disabling or blocking SMB may create problems by obstructing access to shared files, data, or devices. The benefits of mitigation should be weighed against potential disruptions to users. For more information on SMB, please review Microsoft Security Advisories 2696547 (link is external) and 204279 (link is external).”

Microsoft Windows MS17-010 Security Update: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx.

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Disclaimer: Everything in the post above is subject to change without notice. There could be unintentional errors. Please confirm all info via the linked to websites and web pages. Please install the Microsoft Windows MS17-010 Security Update (see link above). Best Practice is to also always create daily backups

Massive Adylkuzz attack is underway which uses the same tools used by WannaCry

New Adylkuzz Malware attack uses the same tools which were used by WannaCry Ransomware – (EternalBlue for instance) which were released by The Shadow Brokers back in April. Eternal Blue code scans a network to find computers running the Microsoft SMB v1.0 protocol service (open TCP ports 139 and 445 along with UDP ports 137 and 138). When found it can then install the malware.  Adylkuzz is infecting thousands of computers around the Globe. Microsoft released a Security patch back in March which addressed the SMB vulnerability. Last week Microsoft also released further Windows Security Patches for Windows systems going back to Windows XP.  Microsoft’s Windows Security Updates will stop the spread of WannaCry and Adulkuzz, once the Security Patches have been installed and the system rebooted. At the bottom of this post, you will find links to the official Microsoft Patches.

Video is courtesy of the DAHBOO77 YouTUbe channel

This new AdylKuzz Malware does not request any ransom from the owner of the infected computer. It does it’s processing in the background. One interesting aspect about the way that Adylkuzz works is that once it infects a computer it then disables the SMB v1.0 protocol. That move prevents any other Malware from infecting the computer. Adylkuzz may very well have protected thousands of computers around the globe from becoming infected by WannaCry Ransomware because Adylkuzz it is believed has been running in the wild on the internet for many weeks and before the WannaCry attack was launched.

Click on this Link to visit the PHYS.Org website to read their post titled: “Another large-scale cyberattack underway: experts”.

Adylkuzz essentially is a Cryptocurrency Miner. Apparently, it is being reported that Adylkuzz does not damage any files. A lot of people use their powerful computers to do Cryptocurrency Mining. Cryptocurrency like Monero and Bitcoin is essentially untraceable Internet money which can be converted to a National Currency or used directly on the Internet. Adylkuzz mines the Monero Cryptocurrency. Once installed on the infected computer it will start to use computer resources. On an older slow PC, the end user will notice a dramatic slowdown. On a Top End fast PC there will be a far less noticeable slowdown. What will be dramatically affected, will be one’s useable internet bandwidth. Downloads and even web page loading will take longer. Watching internet videos will be affected with slowdowns.

To prevent being infected by either WannaCry or Adylkuzz one needs to make sure that any Microsoft Windows Security Updates have been installed. Yes, one can manually disable the SMB v1.0 protocol on a PC, but the Microsoft Security Patches also patch other holes and vulnerabilities in the Windows Operating Systems. Install the Windows Security Patches. Also make sure to Update any and all of your Computer Security software like your Firewall, Anti-Virus, and Anti-Malware software. Then consider buying an external hard drive (if you do not already have one) and start backing up your data. Having a daily Backup of your data files costs far less than having to pay Ransomware, should your PC become infected.

Click on the following like to visit the Proofpoint cybewrsecurity firm’s post titled: “Adylkuzz Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Spreading for Weeks Via EternalBlue/DoublePulsar”.

Click on this Link to visit the Symantec Security Response blog to read their post titled: “Adylkuzz Cryptocurrency Miner Is Not The Next WannaCry”.

Click on this Link to visit the news.com.au site to read their post titled: “New Adylkuzz cyberattack targeted at mining virtual currency in infected computers”.

Click on this Link to visit the RT website to read their post titled: “WannaCry XXL? 2nd even bigger global cyber attack already underway”.

The following was posted by Anonymous on their YouTube channel TORnado – Anonymous France. Permission to share was posted on their YouTube channel along with the video linked to below,:
“Published on May 17, 2017

Greetings citizens of the world,

We are Anonymous.

This is a new warning about a massive hack.
Following the attack “WannaCry Ransomware”, a much larger hack was discovered.

Much more vicious, better hidden and bringing much more money to black-hats hackers, this massive virus is called “Adylkuzz” and simply uses the same flaw as WannaCry.
This is once again a computer tool stolen from the NSA.
But this time it is not your data that is affected but your entire computer that through the rat, will become a minor zombie of crypto-currency.

For the moment of what we, Anonymous know, here is the process:

The virus enters the computer with DoublePulsar and EternalBlue, via the MS17-010 fault on the TCP port 445 as the previous “WannaCryptor” but there will be nothing on the screen. You will not even know that you are infected.

Then the hack will begin to mining the cryptomony with your machine, ie you will produce virtual currency of type “Monero”, similar to the famous bitcoin without
You know it and free for hackers you do not know.
Knowing that the mining uses the abilities of the PC, the victim then undergoes slowdowns which causes a malfunction of the computer.

Several hundred thousand people would already be in this case, that’s why we’re alerting you once again. It seems that “WannaCry” was only the part of the iceberg, stay alert, update your Windows and keep your antivirus.

On our side we follow different tracks to find these hackers. Already about 40,000 dollars in Monero have recently been discovered probably the money gained through the hack.

The cryptomontee is thus once again likely to have a bad image in the media whereas this currency remains a practical and anonymous means to buy or give money.

Now calls to the Anonymous, it’s time to stop these criminals and help those affected or not knowing how to protect themselves.
The NSA can not even protect its own data, so we can only count on ourselves.
In any event,

We’re Anonymous,
We are Legion,
We do not forget,
We do not forgive,
Rogues, thieves, whoever you are,
Expect us.

————————————-“

The video below, by Anonymous, is the above info but spoken in French.
Video is courtesy of the TORnado – Anonymous France YouTube channel

The following are LINKS to Official Microsoft Patches for assorted versions of Windows (including Windows XP). Download English language security updates:

Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64,

Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86,

Windows XP SP2 x64,

Windows XP SP3 x86,

Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86,

Windows 8 x86,

Windows 8 x64

To download localized versions for the security update for Windows XP, Windows 8 or Windows Server: http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4012598

Microsoft Windows MS17-010 Security Update: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms17-010.aspx.

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Posted by Vincent Banial

Disclaimer: Everything in the post above is subject to change without notice. There could be unintentional errors. Please confirm all info via the linked to websites and web pages. Best Practice is to always create daily backups

Global spread of WannaCry Ransomware – Mon May 15 2017

Video is courtesy of the NIC Webcast YouTube channel

WannaCry Ransomware is continuing the spread around the globe. Some have even called it the start of a CyberWar. Russian President Putin is apparently blaming the U.S. for creating the tool set. Microsoft is apparently pointing that it is the stolen software tools from the N.S.A (National Security Agency).

Click on this link to visit the Kaspersky Lab SecureList blog site to read their detailed coverage titled “WannaCry ransomware used in widespread attacks all over the world”

I’m going to try something new, by featuring links to current news and major website posts related to the Global spread of WannaCry Ransomware:

Click on this link to visit the Microsoft Blog to read their post titled: “The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack” by Brad Smith – President and Chief Legal Officer.

The following is a paragraph from Brad Smith’s post:
All of this provides the broadest example yet of so-called “ransomware,” which is only one type of cyberattack. Unfortunately, consumers and business leaders have become familiar with terms like “zero day” and “phishing” that are part of the broad array of tools used to attack individuals and infrastructure. We take every single cyberattack on a Windows system seriously, and we’ve been working around the clock since Friday to help all our customers who have been affected by this incident. This included a decision to take additional steps to assist users with older systems that are no longer supported. Clearly, responding to this attack and helping those affected needs to be our most immediate priority.

Kudos go out to Microsoft for providing the Security Update for Windows XP:

Windows XP SP2 x64,

Windows XP SP3 x86,

Windows XP Embedded SP3 x86,

Click on this Link to visit the Wall Street Journal website to read their post “Cyberattack Is Likely to Keep Spreading. In the post they state that WannaCry Ransomware has spread to over 150 countries. Yesterday I had checked a tracking site which stated that over 230,000 computers had been hit with WannaCry. The Tracker only keeps track of those PCs which were still connected to the internet.

Click on this Link to visit The Telegraph news site to read their post “Cyber attack latest: Vladimir Putin blames US for hack as thousands more computers hit by ransomware“.

Click on this Link to visit the CyberSecurity Firm Malwaretech to view their live tracker for WannaCry / WannaCrypt.

Click on this Link to visit the Yahoo Tech site to read the Associated Press article “The Latest: 29,000 Chinese institutions hit by cyberattack“.

Click on this link to visit the Associated Press news site to read their article “Log in, look out: Cyber chaos may grow at workweek’s start.

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