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BadRabbit Ransomware Plagues Europe

by Brent Kirkpatrick

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The BadRabbit ransomware is being distributed in Europe via a fake Adobe Flash installer for Windows 32-bit.

The ransomware dubbed BadRabbit is spreading across Europe. The hardest hit countries are Ukraine, Turkey, Germany and Russia. Users are downloading a fake Adobe Flash installer for Windows 32-bit, and getting hit with BadRabbit's disk encryption. Hackers are extorting the users roughly $300 to decrypt their disks.

The malware was first detected Tuesday afternoon, GMT, Oct. 24th. This variant of ransomware is similar to the WannaCry and Petya ransomware from earlier this year. Those malware also hit Europe, in particular Ukraine.

geographical reach of BadRabbit
Adapted from an SVG map of Europe obtained from Wikipedia. CC License. Author: ssolbergj. Accessed: Oct. 25, 2017.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) discourages people from paying the ransom and said that the BadRabbit has been observed in many countries in the world. Currently, the only answers to BadRabbit appear to be: backing up files, avoiding the Adobe Flash phishing attempts, and using Windows 64-bit.

Ukraine in particular has been hard hit. At least one airport and the underground railway in the capitol, Kiev, have been hit.

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"'Bad Rabbit' ransomware strikes Ukraine and Russia." BBC News. Oct. 24, 2017. (html)

Mohit Kumar. "Bad Rabbit: New ransomware attack rapidly spreading across Europe." The Hacker News. Oct. 24, 2017. (html)

Reuters staff. "Some Russian financial organizations suffered 'BadRabbit' attack." Reuters. Oct. 25, 2017. (html)

"#BadRabbit." Twitter. Accessed Oct. 24, 2017. (html)

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