Bad Rabbit... Another Bad Attack
Panic Spreads as the Latest Strain of Ransomware Threatens the U.S.
Networks in Russia and Eastern Europe have been targeted by a new strain of ransomware dubbed 'Bad Rabbit,' a possible variant of the 'Petya' malware that hit computer systems earlier this year. Bad Rabbit, which appears to have originated in Ukraine, hit computers at the Odessa international airport in southern Ukraine and the Kiev subway. Prominent Russian media outlets such as Interfax and Fontanka also reported being targeted Tuesday.
Bad Rabbit has been described as a “drive-by” attack. Victims download a fake Adobe Flash installer from infected websites and manually launch the .exe file, thus infecting themselves, The criminals behind Bad Rabbit are demanding 0.05 bitcoin as ransom, roughly equivalent to $280. While most of the ransomware’s victims have been in Russia, Cyber-security experts also noted attacks in Ukraine, Turkey and Germany and Prague. Czech Republic-based cyber-security firm Avast Software reported late Tuesday that Bad Rabbit had been detected in the U.S. "We expect a growing number of detections in the hours ahead," it tweeted.
Please alert everyone that you know to NOT download any Adobe Flash updates unless verified that they are, without a doubt, coming from Adobe. For more information on how to protect yourself from Bad Rabbit and other ransomware attacks, and what to do if you suspect you have become a victim, please download our Guide: Ransomware Recovery Plan.