June 27th Petya Ransomware Attack

From: Travis L. Grundke
Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1:14 PM
To: Ashton Clients

Dear Anthony,

For the second time in two months we are writing to warn about a ransomware attack currently underway.  Ransomware will render your documents unreadable until you restore from backup or pay a ransom to recover the data.  We strongly recommend that you forward this to your team to make them aware of the situation.

The latest attack started in Ukraine and has spread across the European Union, with the first reported US casualties, Merck Pharmaceuticals and DLA Piper, at around 1:00pm today. 

Initial reports state that the infection comes in the form of an email from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The email includes a Microsoft Word document that deploys the payload.  Ashton has already blocked this specific email address for all clients utilizing the Ashton spam filtering service.  While this action will help, it will not prevent any variant of that address from being used to spread the malware.

Ashton recommends the following:

1. Do not open any email attachments, or click on any email links that you have not explicitly requested or that are suspect. When in doubt, forward questionable material to your internal support team or to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

2. Do not click on any banner advertisements;

3. Avoid visiting non-business related websites;

4. Never send personal information (bank account information, date of birth, address, social security number, etc.) via unencrypted email, and if you are ever requested to send this information, VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF THE REQUEST BEFORE SENDING!

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