“GoldenEye” a new strain of the Petya ransomware that initially hit Ukraine has spread to another 64 countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Russia, Spain, UK and USA .
GoldenEye encrypts files and hard drives, rendering entire computer systems inaccessible.
It has been opined by some security experts that GoldenEye attack might be bigger than the Wannacry attack.
The Director General of Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Isa Pantami, stated that the Golden Eye is spreading using a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows that was patched in March 2017, the same bug that was exploited by the WannaCry ransomware. He advised network administrators in the public and private sectors and individuals to isolate any infected system from their network to prevent the threat from further spreading. He also advised system users to turnoff unnecessary; avoid downloading and opening unsolicited files and attachments; adjust security software to scan compressed or archived files; and avoid indiscriminate use of wireless connections, such as bluetooth or infrared ports.
Meanwhile, victims of GoldenEye are being asked to pay a $300 ransom.