After WannaCry and Petya ransomware, it seems another web-based ransomware known as Bad Rabbit is wreaking havoc on the internet. The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) has alerted the users about the latest ransomware, which is spreading in parts of Russia and Ukraine, as well as countries such as Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, Poland and South Korea.
According to ESET, anti-virus IT Security company, the Bad Rabbit follows similar attacks in May and June, infecting thousands of networks and eventually causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
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Other than this,Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Kiev’s public transportation system were the initial targets of the Bad Rabbit ransomware. The ransomware also targeted Odessa International Airport and severalbig Russian media outlets with Interfax news agency and Fontanka.ru being the victim.
Those who do not know, the Bad Rabbit scrambles the contents of a computer or server (associated network shares, both mapped and unmapped and removable media) and demands payment to unlock it usually by anonymous decentralized virtual currency known as Bitcoin. The hackers are demanding a ransom 0.05 Bitcoin, which roughly translates to Rs 18,071. Kaspersky Lab, said, “Victims download a fake Adobe Flash installer from infected websites and manually launch the .exe file, thus infecting themselves.”
Additionally, users can avoid becoming a victim themselves, one shouldregularly check if anti-virus is on and running, block the execution of filesc:windowsinfpub.dat and c:Windowscscc.dat. Further, if possibletry to disable WMI service, always backup your data and do not pay the ransom.