boot record

boot record

[′büt ‚rek·ərd]
(computer science)
A special area of a floppy diskette or hard drive which is used by the computer during system startup.
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The attack would overwrite a victim's Master Boot Record, leaving them with no means of recovering their files.
NotPetya's encryption process presents a fake chkdsk splash page, which encrypts the hard disk master boot record if a privileged user executes it.
In May 2016 Kaspersky Lab discovered Petya ransomware that not only encrypts data stored on a computer, but also overwrites the hard disk drive's master boot record, leaving infected computers unable to boot into the operating system.
The end result of ransomware is to lock up the files on infected machines and demand a ransom to retrieve the data, though the true goals of the NotPetya creators may have been disruption rather than monetary gain, NotPetya's encryption process presents a fake chkdsk splash page, which encrypts the hard disk master boot record if a privileged user executes it.
The virus restarts the victim's device, encrypts the Master File Table, and exchanges the Master Boot Record with a series of malicious software instructions that shut down the device.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Cisco Systems' Talos team has developed an open-source tool that can protect the master boot record of Windows computers from modification by ransomware and other malicious attacks.
overwrite the hard disk drive's master boot record (MBR), leaving infected
Another ransomware called Petya was discovered, which not only encrypts data stored on the computer, but also overwrites the hard disk drive's master boot record (MBR), leaving infected computers unable to boot into the operating system.
Also includes support for Master Boot Record (MBR) and GUID Partition Table (GPT), BIOS and Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), and WIMBoot.
A successful Seftad attack can encrypt not only the user's photos and video but also the master boot record (MBR).
and South Korean military systems, identify and remove confidential files, and, when necessary, destroy the compromised systems through a master boot record (MBR) attack.
The 'Shamoon' malware set about wiping parts of the master boot record (MBR) on the hard drive of any Windows system it could reach -- a technique designed to cause chaos on target networks.