In Ukraine, the functioning of computer systems of Odessa worldwide airport (south) has been assigned.
The jumping boards used by the hackers included the Russian media group Interfax and the website Fontanka.ru. Interfax confirmed its servers had gone down due to a cyberattack. The technical services shall take all measures to restore the work systems.
All the Windows antivirus software we review at Tom's Guide, including Windows Defender, should be able to detect and stop Bad Rabbit.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice reported there are more than 4,000 ransomware attacks each day against businesses and consumers.
Computers infected with the malware direct users to a TOR (The Onion Router) domain where they are asked to pay.05 Bitcoin (around $276) in exchange for the return of their data. A Kaspersky note explains how the malware uses a drive-by attack to infect a computer. "Apart from this, it has also a hardcoded list of credentials". "It has been targeting organizations and consumers, mostly in Russian Federation but there have also been reports of victims in Ukraine." the Kaspersky Lab experts said.
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It elaborated: "We have also seen similar but fewer attacks in Ukraine, Turkey, and Germany".
"Based on our investigation, this is a targeted attack against corporate networks, using methods similar to those used in the ExPetr [Petya] attack. However, we can not confirm it is related to ExPetr", the team added.
A major Canadian company was forced to pay $425,000 in Bitcoin over the weekend to restore its computer systems after.
The strain, dubbed Bad Rabbit, masquerades as an Adobe Flash update. In the United Kingdom, it knocked some of the National Health Service (NHS) computer networks offline, resulting in operational delays and closures.
While this kind of outbreak may suggest attackers have exploited a security vulnerability, that is actually not true.
But there was little consensus from experts on the details.
For now, though, it appears that the United Kingdom is getting off lightly.
If you aren't affected yet, you must prevent the execution of files c:\windows\infpub.dat and c:\Windows\cscc.dat to stop the ransomware from entering your system.