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Bad Rabbit Ransomware is Spreading Out Fast

25 October 2017

Moscow-based anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab says it has counted 200 organizations being directly targeted by the ransomware. The malware gains entry through fake Adobe Flash installer from infected websites and manually launches the.exe file in victims' system.

Several Russian media outlets including Interfax were also affected, Russian security firm Group-IB said, according to Wired.

A new kind of malware hit Eastern European countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Turkey yesterday.

Interfax and Fontanka in Russian Federation have both been hit by a cyber attack, as have Odessa Airport and the Kiev Metro in Ukraine. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reporting in Motherboard: "Once [the malwae] infects a computer, Bad Rabbit displays a message in red letters on a black background, an aesthetic used in the massive NotPetya ransomware outbreak".

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Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Twitter that a hacker attack has taken out some of its servers and forced it to rely on its Facebook account for the time being. "US-CERT discourages individuals and organizations from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored", it said in a post on Tuesday. Named Bad Rabbit, it has hit networks in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany.

"Our researchers have detected a number of compromised websites, all news or media sites", the security company said.

After infecting one machine in a network - one computer in an office, for example - Bad Rabbit can find any login details stored on the machine which it uses to spread to others, security researchers have claimed. "As long as there is money to be made or destruction to be had these threats are going to continue", Cisco's Talos warned.

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He further said that gateway solutions like Sophos Email Appliance, Sophos Web Appliance, Sophos SG and Sophos XG UTM customers are able to prevent infection both by using anti-virus identities and through the use of proactive sandboxing technology.

While researchers have linked Bad Rabbit to NotPetya's creators, it isn't spread in the same way.

"Bad Rabbit" looks a lot like the NotPetya attack that ravaged Ukrainian computer systems in June. However, unlike NotPetya, it doesn't use EternalBlue and is more widely spread. Did we patch our systems after Petya? Users are then directed to a TOR payment page and are presented with a countdown timer. In response the Ukrainian national computer emergency team issued a warning about Bad Rabbit. Initial reports are primarily from Eastern Europe, especially focused on Russian Federation and Ukraine.

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Bad Rabbit Ransomware is Spreading Out Fast