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Kasperky Lab: a new ransomware epidemic has begun

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThere have been two major ransom virus attacks this year – WannaCry and ExPetr (Petya and NotPetya). It seems a third attack has become: the new virus is called Bad Rabbit, as reported by Kaspersky Lab experts.

It is reported that Bad Rabbit has infected multiple Russian mass media outlets. Among the victims of the new virus are Fontanka.ry and Interfax news agency. Odessa International Airport has reported an attack on its information system. It is unclear, however, if the same virus is to blame.

Criminals behind Bad Rabbit attacks demand ransom of 0.05 BitCoins. Based on the current exchange rate, it is about USD 280 or EUR 237.59.

Data acquired by Kaspersky Lab experts shows that attacks are carried out when users download fake Adobe Flash install files from infected sites and launch .exe file manually. Researchers have found out about multiple hacked websites – all of them are either news or mass media websites.

So far it is unknown if it is possible to recover files encrypted by Bad Rabbit. Kaspersky Lab anti-virus experts are actively investigating attacks.

«According to our data, the majority of victims of this virus are located in Russia. We have noticed similar attacks in Ukraine, Turkey and Germany. This ransomware has infected devices through multiple hacked Russian mass media websites,» experts comment.

Continuing, experts add: «Based on information available to us, the virus performs targeted attacks on websites using methods similar to ExPetr. However, we cannot confirm if the virus is related to ExPetr. We are continuing our investigation. More detailed technical information can be found at Securelist.»

To avoid becoming a victim of Bad Rabbit, experts recommend:

-making sure System Watcher and Kaspersky Security Network are switched on;

-blocking c:\windows\infpub.dat and c:\windows\cscc.dat;

-erasing Windows Management Instrumentation services (if they are used), to prevent the virus from spreading inside the local network;

-create backups of valuable data.

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