Three ways the "NotPetya" cyberattack is more complex than WannaCry
The WannaCry ransomware was barely out of the headlines when another cyberattack took down computer systems around the world.Haskell-Dowland PS (Dowland PS)
This time, a piece of malware dubbed â€œNotPetyaâ€ is to blame. And unlike WannaCry, it has no clear â€œkill switchâ€ as it spreads across infected networks.
NotPetya has reportedly hit several global organisations so far, including the American pharmaceutical company Merck and, in Australia, Cadbury.
The attack was initially classed as ransomware: malicious software that holds a user to ransom by encrypting their files and blocking access without a â€œkeyâ€. It was a reasonable assumption given the threatening message displayed to victims â€“ but the picture is more complicated.
NotPetya is distinct from WannaCry in a number of important ways â€“ particularly, money doesnâ€™t seem to be its end goal.