A new ransomware called Bad Rabbit outbreaks around the world

A new ransomware attack – called Bad Rabbit – has been reported as affecting over 200 organisations and individual users mostly in Russia, but also in Ukraine, Turkey, and Germany, as well as Bulgaria and Japan. In Ukraine, cyberattacks have been reported against the Odessa Airport and the Kiev Metro, but there does not seem to be unanimous views that these were also caused by Bad Rabbit. According to Kaspersky Lab, the malware infects computers after the victims download a fake Adobe Flash installer from compromised websites – among which were trusted sites like news agencies – and manually launch the .exe file. In exchange for decrypting the data, the attackers demand 0.05 bitcoin as ransom (around $280 at the time).