Europe Victimized By Bad Rabbit Ransomware Attack

Europe Victimized By Bad Rabbit Ransomware Attack

Yesterday (24 October) security researchers began observing notifications of mass attacks that hit organisations and consumers in Russian Federation and Ukraine. At the end of June, an attack on the "ransomware" software (ransom), which is caused by the computer virus " NotPetya " and had begun in Russian Federation and Ukraine, had affected thousands of computers around the world.

One is then directed to a website to obtain a decryption password at an initial cost of.05 bitcoin ($280) per computer, according to Kaspersky Lab. The site also sets up a time limit to pay the ransom, increasing the ransom amount asked for if it isn't met before the countdown ends.

"ESET's telemetry has detected hundreds of occurrences of Diskcoder.D".

Security experts are warning of a new outbreak of ransomware, Bad Rabbit, targeting Russian and Ukrainian systems and seemingly based on the virulent NotPetya, though the UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) says that it has not been reported in the UK. Barak on Wednesday encouraged companies and agencies to use CyberReason's free RansomFree software, which identifies possible ransomware attacks by baiting the malicious code to reveal itself by encrypting dummy files.

Bad Rabbit appears to specifically target corporate networks by using methods similar to those used in a June data-wiping attack dubbed "NotPetya" that shut down computers around the world.

While this kind of outbreak may suggest attackers have exploited a security vulnerability, that is actually not true.

"CrowdStrike Intelligence can confirm that this website was hosting a malicious JavaScript inject as part of a strategic web compromise attack on 24 October 2017".

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If you get a prompt to update Adobe Flash while browsing online any time soon - be careful. A powerful upgrade now being unleashed with organizations in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Turkey at the top of the hit list.

"Security teams need to be able to analyses if their environment is potentially vulnerable and if they see any indicators of an infection starting, in order to take appropriate counter-measures quickly", Maier said.

Interestingly, Malwarebytes says that Bad Rabbit does not use EternalBlue to spread, while Rowan thinks it does.

The ransomware has been named Bad Rabbit by Kaspersky Lab though to be fair it seems that's the name the creators of this malware gave to their weapon.

David Zahn, general manager of the cybersecurity business unit at PAS, said Bad Rabbit presents a particularly serious threat to critical infrastructure. Both Bad Rabbit and Petya share the same basic elements.

It spreads by pretending to be a Flash update, and is full of hidden "Game of Thrones" references. A researcher from Cybereason discovered a "vaccine" that the company said can protect machines from infection.

"While core resources Interfax remain inaccessible due to the attacks, we publish news on our Facebook". "Using unpatched and unsupported software may increase the risk of proliferation of cybersecurity threats, such as ransomware".