Comment on Petya Attack

  • Jonathan Bensen, Regional Spokesperson at Centrify

  • 30.06.2017 10:15 am
  • undisclosed , Jonathan is a Director of Product Management, and is responsible for building and driving Centrify’s mobile client and strategy, as well as multi-factor authentication solutions. He has designed and developed enterprise web security solutions, multi-factor authentication for government and private sector, and cloud-based mobile security solutions.

Merck, one of the first U.S. companies to be hit by the attack yesterday, saw its stock decline 0.6% after news of its breach, and the long-term impact could be greater. In fact, a recent Ponemon study found that a company’s stock price drops an average of five percent on the day a breach is exposed, so maybe they’re getting off easy.

Either way, WannaCry and Petya/NotPetya show hackers there’s a relatively easy way to access corporate networks. Since both attacks leveraged exploits (exposed by the ShadowBrokers NSA leak), new attacks exploiting excess privilege, password capturing, etc. are easy. Data breaches are a very real business with bottom line concerns.

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