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CyberSecurity Matters

Cybersecurity matters. As I type, the world is in the grip of another major ransomware attack, dubbed NotPetya (because it’s not the one called Petya, just similar). As usual, it targets Windows machines. A potential vaccine has been found in the past hour (3:19 pm PST, about 11:19 pm BST), so this is just a very quick post to help publicise that ASAP.

The vaccine, courtesy of the excellent security site BleepingComputer, is to create a read-only file in C:\Windows . That’s easier said than done, so the following batch file should do it for you:

https://download.bleepingcomputer.com/bats/nopetyavac.bat

…and if not, this post in BleepingComputer explains how to do it manually. Huge thanks also to WordFence¬†for highlighting this in their excellent post here.