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.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.