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Bad Rabbit Ransomware Attack Attached to Fake Adobe Flash

Bad Rabbit Ransomware Attack Attached to Fake Adobe Flash
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By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:08 AM

A new Bad Rabbit ransomware attack reportedly attached to a fake Adobe Flash installer is spreading through Europe and filtering into other countries across the world.

The virus, dubbed Bad Rabbit, poses as an Adobe update that infects a computer and restricts user access until a ransom is paid to unlock it again, CNN reported.

Cybersecurity experts believe that Russian media companies and Ukrainian transportation systems are the targets of the malicious software however, it has also been reported in the U.S., Germany and Japan.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team released a statement on Tuesday about the ransomware attack and discouraging companies and individuals confronted with the virus from paying the ransom.

“This does not guarantee that access will be restored,” the statement read.

The virus has already attacked Russian media groups, including Interfax and Fontanka, as well as Ukranian transportation systems such as Odessa's airport, Kiev's subway and the country's Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab said in its security blog that the ransomware had infected devices through a number of hacked Russian media websites.

“Based on our investigation, this is a targeted attack against corporate networks,” a statement read.

Kaspersky explained that the ransomware poses as a fake Adobe Flash installer that is downloaded and manually launched by the victim, thus infecting the computer.

“Our researchers have detected a number of compromised websites, all news or media sites,” the security company said.

Although it has not been established who is behind Bad Rabbit, CNN noted the attackers appeared to be fans of “Game of Thrones,” using reference to characters of the popular TV series in the ransomware code.

Fortunately, experts appear to have created a vaccine against the malware, Tech Crunch reported.

This early vaccine should inoculate systems from being infected.

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