• No reports of Petya ransomware in PH – DICT

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    The Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT) said it has not yet received a report of any cases in the Philippines about the latest massive cyberattack that took over computer systems in more than 60 countries.

    Based on reports, Petya ransomware is the new strain virus that crippled businesses and organizations in multiple countries, particularly in Europe and US last June 27.

    Just like the WannaCry attack in May, cyber attackers are demanding from users $300 bitcoin in exchange for their encrypted files.

    According to DICT Assistant Secretary Allan Cabanlong, in-charge of cyber security and enabling technologies, the ransomware attack has not been reported in the Philippines yet, but he gave the assurance that the department has constant talks with experts in the field and shared that his trip to Germany last week involved a meeting with global cybersecurity specialists.

    “This is about the meeting of cybersecurity experts around the world at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies of which I am an Alumnus. Called Communities of Interests, we are evaluating strategies for the right understanding and implementation of cybersecurity in the field of defense and cybercrime,” Cabanlong told The Manila Times in a text message late on Sunday.

    With the recent cyber attacks and the vulnerability of some information systems to intruders, Cabanlong emphasized that cybersecurity is merely a tool to safeguard technological information systems because when a cybersecurity system fails, cybercrime occurs, as opposed to the misconception that it represents crime committed in internet platforms.

    The official also said that the DICT has already issued a memorandum to alert netizens and provide possible counter measures.

    In a statement released on June 28, the department advised users to patch their Window systems, to disable the server message block file-sharing protocol and the Widows management instrumentation command line.

    “Petya ransomware encrypts systems after rebooting the computer. If your system is infected with Petya ransomware and it tries to restart, just do not power it back on,” it said.

    The department also disclosed an information from PT security, a UK-based cyber security company and Amit Serper from Cybereason. It said users can create a file “C:\Windows\perfc” to prevent Petya ransomware infection.

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