Bad Rabbit Ransomware Attack Is On The Rise

Bad Rabbit ransom note               Image Kaspersky Lab

"The crypto virus is called Bad Rabbit in our case and according to data available with us, this is ransomware but not Wannacry or Petya", he said. The NotPetya outbreak began through the release of a compromised version of a popular Ukrainian accounting program, spreading automatically throughout corporate networks.

Kiev's underground railway system, a Ukranian airport and Ministry of Infrastructure and three Russian news and media websites have fallen victim to the attack, which is believed to have spread to Turkey and Germany.

"While Bad Rabbit does have worm capabilities, it spreads using mostly legitimate methods of lateral movement across a Windows network". The attackers targeted mainly news or media websites and turned them into watering holes or vectors that distributed the fake installer to victims.

McAfee asserts the attack originated in Russian Federation and the Ukraine, but reports of infected systems in Germany, Turkey and Bulgaria are now being investigated.

The computer virus also appeared to have spread to Turkey and Germany as the day progressed, the cybersecurity experts said adding that its size appeared to be relatively small. "It is rumored to contain the same password stealing and spreading mechanism as NotPetya, allowing it to traverse an enterprise and cripple it in no time", Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist at Sophos told us.

Bad Rabbit asks for a ransom 0.05 bitcoin bounty, around $280. "Despite industry warnings issued after the Petya, and not-Petya outbreaks earlier this year, this variant which spreads laterally using SMB shares - could be blocked by denying this communication channel [ports 137, 138, 139 and 445] on their firewalls".

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Bad Rabbit Ransomware: How does it work?

"US-CERT discourages individuals and organizations from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored", US-CERT stated in an alert.

They also discuss that since Bad Rabbit will clear the event logs and create various scheduled tasks under the names Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, you can monitor the event logs for this type of activity. The dropper appears as an Adobe Flash installer, meaning targets are essentially infecting themselves. As ever, there's a time limit in which the user must pay up, following the expiry of which the amount demanded increases.

Bad Rabbit joins WannaCry and GoldenEye in a string of cyberattacks that have struck over the past year. The attack lasted until midday, although we are still detecting ongoing attacks.

Beaumont went on to say that Bad Rabbit relies on hard-coded credentials that are commonly used in enterprise networks for file sharing and takes aim at a particularly vulnerable portion of infected computers' hard drives known as the master boot record. If any employee has the ability to download and install software then they will have the ability to install Bad Rabbit on your network. The firm urged victims not to pay the ransom.

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