BestOfGeeks: Halloween New Ransomware Attack Name Bad Rabbit Rapidly Spreading Across Europe and russia 

Halloween New Ransomware Attack Name Bad Rabbit Rapidly Spreading Across Europe and russia


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Halloween New Ransomware Attack Name Bad Rabbit Rapidly Spreading Across Europe and russia

A new extensive ransomware attack is spreading like wildfire around Europe and has already affected over 210 major organisations, primarily in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany, in the past few hours.

Dubbed "Bad Rabbit," is reportedly a new Petya-like targeted ransomware attack against corporate networks, demanding 0.05 bitcoin (~ $285) as ransom from victims to unlock their systems.

 

Bad Rabbit ransomware uses DiskCryptor, an open source full drive encryption software, to encrypt files on infected computers with RSA 2048 keys.

"No exploits were used, so the victim would have to manually execute the malware dropper, which pretends to be an Adobe Flash installer. We’ve detected a number of compromised websites, all of which were news or media websites." Kaspersky Lab said.

However, security researchers at ESET have detected Bad Rabbit malware as 'Win32/Diskcoder.D' — a new variant of Petya ransomware, also known as Petrwrap, NotPetya, exPetr and GoldenEye.

ESET believes the new wave of ransomware attack is not using EternalBlue exploit — the leaked SMB vulnerability which was used by WannaCry and Petya ransomware to spread through networks.

The ransom note, shown above, asks victims to log into a Tor onion website to make the payment, which displays a countdown of 40 hours before the price of decryption goes up.


The affected organisations include Russian news agencies Interfax and Fontanka, payment systems on the Kiev Metro, Odessa International Airport and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

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