ALERT: Bad Rabbit
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Bad Rabbit, a new strain of ransomware, has been freezing computer systems throughout Europe since Tuesday, and has begun spreading to the U.S. and Canada.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Readiness Team has issued an alert stating it had received “multiple reports” of infections.
The Bad Rabbit outbreak seems to have started from files on hacked Russian media websites, using the popular trick of pretending to be an Adobe Flash installer.
The ransomware is a “disk coder”, which means it first encrypts files on the user’s computer, then replaces the MBR (Master Boot Record).
Once your computer is infected, the ransomware demands a payment of 0.05 bitcoin (approx. $275 USD), and gives you only 40 hours to pay. It’s not clear yet if your computer is actually unlocked upon paying the ransom…