A new ransomware outbreak has been detected attacking Russia, Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe.
The malware appears to be targetting media companies across the continent, and three have confirmed the attack at the time of writing.
Dubbed Bad Rabbit, the malware has attacked Interfax (a news agency), and a Ukrainian airport in Odessa. Russian security firm Group-IB has also confirmed that this, in fact, is a ransomware. The message victims get, as well as the aesthetic used to present the message, highly resembles NotPetya.
There are still no clues as to who might be behind the attack. What we do know so far is that the attackers are demanding payment of 0.05 bitcoin, currently worth £213.
Security researchers have confirmed that Bad Rabbit spread through a fake Adobe Flash Player installer. The malware seems to have been distributed via booby-trapped legitimate sites, “all of which were news or media websites”.