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Ransomware Attack on Merck Caused Widespread Disruption to Operations
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REISEN1955,
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8/1/2017 | 9:14:33 AM
Business Continuity Plan?
Ok, so they got it bad.  And it could be through the update applied to an accounting program or some stupid user opening an infected email.  (Security practice - all users should NOT do this EVER).  I have read that some staff at Merck discovered they did not know if the backup-restore protocol worked.  My view of Ransomware, at heart, is that it is so similiar to a data center crash it is not funny.  Local desktops should be reimaged by a variety of means - PXE Boot, GHOST or whatever.  Restoration of data SHOULD be on server and NOT on user desktop.  (Oh, it can be backed up easier too if on server).  And thirdly the difference between encrypted files and crashed hard drive files is nil.  BOTH scenarios mean you cannot get to your stuff.  Merck should have had a verified, tested DR plan in place.  Apparently????
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PeterL85702,
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7/31/2017 | 7:56:10 PM
Why?
...are you still calling NotPetya ransomware??  It wasn't; it's clear from reporting all over the world that this was NEVER intended to be ransomware, but a wiper and the target was Ukrainian businesses. That Merck was impacted was probably an unintended consequence, but one that was no doubt welcomed by the attackers. After all, if Western companies do business in Ukraine, then the Russian hackers/attackers will naturally think of them as legitimate targets.


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