3 updates to the Bad Rabbit ransomware attacks

A new ransomware similar to the NotPetya attacks struck nearly 200 computer systems in Russia and Eastern Europe Oct. 24.

Here are three updates on the outbreak.

1. According to Bleeping Computer, here is a breakdown of victims by country.

  • Russia: 71 percent
  • Ukraine: 14 percent
  • Bulgaria: 8 percent
  • Turkey: 2 percent
  • U.S.: 1 percent

Other media outlets, like ZDNet, report the malware was also detected in Poland and South Korea.

2. Security researchers say that although this outbreak is much smaller than other ransomware attacks, system administrators should prepare networks nonetheless.

3. Although Bad Rabbit initially infects a computer via a fake Adobe Flash update, it can spread laterally across networks. However, it doesn't use EternalBlue, an exploit to Microsoft's SMB protocol that hackers reportedly stole from the National Security Agency to deploy the WannaCry attacks.

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