Petya Ransom Infections

Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

US-CERT has received multiple reports of Petya ransomware infections in many countries around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users' access to the infected machine until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Individuals and organizations are discouraged from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored. Using unpatched and unsupported software may increase the risk of proliferation of cybersecurity threats, such as ransomware. It is expected that the vulnerability being exploited in this situation will very likely be a target of additional attacks, facilities are reminded to keep up with security patches to prevent a breach of their systems. The US-CERT site is excellent source for awareness of this malware, facilities should follow up with resources the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) sent out during the WannaCry attack. If you need a copy of the notification please let Lisa or Nancy know. Please see US-CERT link for further information  https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/06/27/Multiple-Petya-Ransomware-Infections-Reported

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20