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Cyber security expert: Part of virus attacking Ukraine could be used in WannaCry malware
17:41, 27 June 2017
Cyber security expert: Part of virus attacking Ukraine could be used in WannaCry malware

The expert advises users to update the anti-virus software and to avoid opening suspicious Microsoft Word or .exe files

17:41, 27 June 2017

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Some part of the virus that attacked dozens of Ukrainian companies and enterprises is possibly the one used as a component of WannaCry virus that hit computers several weeks ago. Vitaliy Yakushev, the expert in information security and cyber threats told that reporters of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

‘The malware consists of two parts. The first one allows the virus to infect the computer; the second one actually does the job, either encrypting the disks or blocking the access to the device. The first part is perhaps the one used in WannaCry virus, which hit PCs using Windows several weeks ago. But that breach was fixed, anyway. The virus may infect a PC through the file containing it and posing itself as a .doc or .exe file. In this case, it is named as a CV or some document for accountants. We are looking into the ways of how the virus hits computers’, Yakushev said.

The expert advises users to refresh anti-virus software and to avoid opening suspicious Microsoft Word or .exe files. ‘Update your operation system to the latest version. Do not open the enclosed files in the social networks, e-mail letters if you are not sure you were supposed to get them. Finally, update your anti-virus software,’ he said.

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