Europe has been hit by a fresh ransomware attack as a virus dubbed ‘Bad Rabbit’ has locked up computers across the continent.
Affected users are seeing their screen replaced by one telling them their computer has been locked and demanding £280 in anonymous current Bitcoin to unlock.
Bad Rabbit has locked computers at several major Russian media networks, demanding that users hand over £280 in anonymous currency Bitcoin in order to get their data back
A spokesman for the company said: ‘What is known at the moment is that Bad Rabbit ransomware has infected several big Russian media outlets, with Interfax news agency and Fontanka.ru among the confirmed victims of the malware.
‘Odessa International Airport has reported on a cyberattack on its information system, though whether it’s the same attack is not yet clear.
‘Details of the attack and its mechanism of spreading are still to be investigated, and whether it’s possible to get back files encrypted by Bad Rabbit (either by paying the ransom or by using some glitch in the ransomware code) isn’t yet known.
‘This ransomware has infected devices through a number of hacked Russian media websites. Based on our investigation, this is a targeted attack against corporate networks, using methods similar to those used in the ExPetr attack.
‘However, we cannot confirm it is related to ExPetr. We continue our investigation.’