Bad Rabbit ransomware: A new variant of Petya is spreading warn researchers

Terry Joseph
October 26, 2017

The Slovak antivirus company ESET reported that the metro system in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, and the main airport in Odessa, another large Ukrainian city, had been hit by the ransomware.

Last June, an attack using the rançongiciel "NotPetya" touched the whole world.

The malware demands a ransom of 0.05 Bitcoin as payment to unlock files which have been maliciously encrypted, which is about £215, $280, or AU$365.

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.

The central bank said it would analyze why the public server of the Interfax news agency with public company disclosure statements had been temporarily blocked on Tuesday.

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Meanwhile Interfax took to Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) to relay the news.

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"It also counted state institutions and strategic objects in Ukraine as its victims", Group-IB said of the attack on media outlets on its Telegram channel. The technical department is taking all measures to resume news services.

An Odessa airport spokesman said a few flights were delayed because workers had to process passenger data manually.

Bad Rabbit hit corporate networks in Russian Federation and Ukraine especially hard, according to multiple reports, and there were isolated reports of infections in Turkey, Bulgaria, Japan, Germany, Poland, South Korea and the United States by Tuesday evening. Based on our investigation, this has been a targeted attack against corporate networks, using methods similar to those used during the ExPetr attack.

While no one in the United Kingdom is believed to have been affected by Bad Rabbit, Kaspersky Lab is advising users to back up their data and not to pay the ransom in the event of infection.

'This latest outbreak confirms that attackers will reuse old code as long as it still has success. Meanwhile, the Ukrainian computer emergency agency CERT-UA also posted an advisory on Tuesday morning reporting a series of cyberattacks, without specifically naming the malware used in those attacks.

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. It recommends that all security updates for software are installed.

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