New Ransomware ‘Bad Rabbit’ Spreading Quickly Through Russia and Ukraine Turkey, and Germany

Recently a popular ransomware attack is growing like wildfire around Europe and has already affected over 200 major organizations, primarily in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and Germany, in the past few hours.

New Ransomware ‘Bad Rabbit’ Spreading Quickly Through Russia and Ukraine Turkey, and Germany

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.

According to an opening analysis produced by the Kaspersky, the ransomware was distributed via drive-by download attacks, using fake Adobe Flash players installer to lure victims’ in to install malware unwittingly

“No achievements meant used so the game 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, expert, and GoldenEye.

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

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.

Instead, it first scans the internal network for open SMB shares, tries a hardcoded list of commonly used credentials to drop malware, and also uses Mimikatz post-exploitation tool to extract credentials from the affected systems.

That ransom banknote, registered above, directs marks 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 organizations include Russian news agencies Interfax and Fontanka, payment systems on the Kiev Metro, Odessa International Airport and the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

Researchers are still analyzing Bad Rabbit ransomware to check if there is a way to decrypt computers without paying ransomware and how to stop it from spreading further.

New Ransomware ‘Bad Rabbit’ Spreading Quickly Through Russia and Ukraine Turkey, and Germany

Discoder/#BadRabbit IOCs as found by #ESET:

— Jiri Kropac (@jiriatvirlab) October 24, 2017

How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware Attacks?

Kaspersky suggests disabling WMI service to prevent the malware from spreading over your network.

Most ransomware spread through phishing emails, malicious adverts on websites, and third-party apps and programs.

So, you should always exercise caution when opening uninvited documents sent over an email and clicking on links inside those documents unless verifying the source to safeguard against such ransomware infection.

Furthermore never download any app from third-party authorizations, and read reviews also before installing apps from trustworthy properties.

To regularly have a tight grip on your important data, keep a strict backup routine in the extent that makes their copies to an external storage device that isn’t always connected to your PC.

Make sure that you run a good and effective anti-virus security suite on your system, and keep it up-to-date.

This is a developing story and so, stay tuned for updated information.

source = THN

5 thoughts on “New Ransomware ‘Bad Rabbit’ Spreading Quickly Through Russia and Ukraine Turkey, and Germany”

  1. I have a picture in my head of Donald Trump, sitting in front of a bunch of generals asking "Well, let's hack them back. We can do that, right?"

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