New cyber attack hits Russian Federation and Ukraine

New cyber attack hits Russian Federation and Ukraine”

"Our observations show that the majority of the attack's victims are located in Russian Federation".

Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab said BadRabbit appeared to spread through a mechanism similar to June's destructive NotPetya virus, which took down many Ukrainian government agencies and businesses.

On Tuesday, CERT-UA, Ukraine's computer emergency response team, issued a statement, warning about the wave of attacks.

Ukraine's central bank said Ukrainian banking services, which have been hit by previous attacks, were unaffected.

According to security firm ESET, the malware used to attack the Kiev Metro was a new variant of the Petya ransomware family.

A new ransomware attack dubbed "Bad Rabbit" is sweeping Russian Federation and Ukraine, among other Eastern European countries, according to several reports. We also see similar attacks in the Ukraine, Turkey, Germany, but their number is significantly lower.

Bad Rabbit encrypts the contents of a computer and asks for a payment - in this case 0.05 bitcoins, or about $280 (£213). The attackers have warned on their ransom page that if not paid, the ransom will increase.

While no major outages were reported, the US government issued a warning on the attack, which followed campaigns in May and June that used similar malware and resulted in what some economists estimated are billions of dollars in losses.

ESET's research and that of cyber security firm Kaspersky also uncovered that the malware has been spread through a fake Adobe Flash Player Installer hidden on booby-trapped legitimate websites. Mimikatz is an open-source credential extraction tool that is popular with both penetration testers as well as malicious attackers. Beaumont also noticed that Bad Rabbit makes references to the popular fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, naming two scheduled tasks after dragons Drogon and Rhaegal and throwing in a reference to the character GrayWorm.

At this stage, there are at least two different malware files used in the Bad Rabbit attack that some anti-virus technologies are able to detect.

The malware is still undetected by the majority of anti-virus programs, according to analysis by virus checking site Virus Total.

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