Summary of “Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was something much worse”

Tuesday’s massive outbreak of malware that shut down computers around the world has been almost universally blamed on ransomware, which by definition seeks to make money by unlocking data held hostage only if victims pay a hefty fee.
Initially, researchers said the malware was a new version of the Petya ransomware that first struck in early 2016.
In other words, the researchers said, the payload delivered in Tuesday’s outbreak wasn’t ransomware at all.
Researchers analyzing Tuesday’s malware-alternatively dubbed PetyaWrap, NotPetya, and ExPetr-are speculating the ransom note left behind in Tuesday’s attack was a hoax intended to capitalize on media interest sparked by last month’s massive WCry outbreak.
Another researcher who uses the handle the grugq published an analysis that also supported the theory that Tuesday’s outbreak wasn’t a true ransomware attack.
The analysis noted that the malware used a single Bitcoin address to receive ransom payments, a shortcoming that’s not found in most professionally developed ransomware because it requires attackers to manually process large numbers of payments.
Tuesday’s malware also required victims to contact attackers through an e-mail account that was closed within hours of Tuesday’s outbreak, killing any incentive for victims to pay.
The shortcomings in the ransomware functions aren’t likely to be mistakes, considering the overall quality of the malware.

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