Europe hit by fresh cyber attack as ‘Bad Rabbit’ ransomware corrupts computers across Russia, Turkey, Germany and Ukraine

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A FRESH cyber attack has seen computers go down in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Turkey.

A Ukrainian airport and three Russian media outlets have been hit today by a ransomware dubbed “Bad Rabbit”.

 This is the message users saw when their computers were targeted

This is the message users saw when their computers were targeted

A message popped up on users’ screens telling them their computer had been locked and they must pay £280 in Bitcoin to regain access.

Russia has been hit hardest but computers in Turkey and Germany are also reported to be affected.

Ukraine’s Odessa International Airport said on Facebook its “information system” stopped functioning this afternoon.

Adding: “All airport services are working in a reinforced security regime.”

 The attack has seen computers across Europe go down


The attack has seen computers across Europe go down

Russia’s Interfax news agency – one of the country’s biggest – fell silent at 2:13 pm after becoming embroiled in the attack.

A cyber security expert told AFP the Fontanka news site in Russia’s second city of Saint Petersburg and a third unnamed media outlet had also gone offline.

“We cannot say what it is at the moment,” Yevgeny Gukov of the Group-IB IT security firm said in Moscow.

Gukov said the malware appeared to be using an encryption scheme that prevented analysts from deciphering the malicious code.

He said it went by the codename “Bad Rabbit” but needed to be analysed further.

A statement later issued by Kaspersky Lab said the attack appeared to have originated in Russia before also affected some corporate sites in Turkey and Germany.

Several big companies say they are targets of a global cyber attack

“This ransomware infects devices through a number of hacked Russian media websites,” it said in a statement.

“Based on our investigation, this has been a targeted attack against corporate networks, using methods similar to those used during the (NotPetya) attack.”

Earlier this year the NHS was brought to its knees as a cyber attack on IT systems saw patients turned away from A&E and operations cancelled.

The biggest attack in the NHS’ history has been declared a major incident and caused chaos for multiple trusts as the IT systems and telephone networks went down.

The hackers demanded payment of 300 US dollars worth of the online currency Bitcoin, after NHS computers saw a message pop up saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

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