What is BadRabbit Ransomware?

Posted by Gary Fleming on Oct 25, 2017 3:34:07 PM

The latest strain of ransomware “Bad Rabbit” began spreading across Russia and Ukraine yesterday, with 3 Russian websites, a Ukraine airport and underground system been hit. Since then, there have been various reports of “Bad Rabbit” infections in Turkey, Bulgaria, Japan, Germany, Poland, South Korea and the United States.  The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) which is run by the Department of Homeland Security, issued an alert about the ransomware worm but didn’t say whether any infections had been detected in the U.S or not. They have said it "discourages individuals and organisations from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored".

How it works?

The Bad Rabbit ransomware enters networks when a user on your network runs a phony Adobe Flash Player installer posted on a hacked website, with the initial infections coming from a Russian news website. Other reports said websites based in Ireland, Denmark and Turkey have also been corrupted with the fake Flash installer and have been spreading the malware.

Once “Bad Rabbit” Ransomware has infected its first machine within a network, it then uses an opensource tool to find any login credentials stored on the machine, so it can spread to other machines. There are also some conflicting reports that BadRabbit uses the NSA’s EternalBlue tool, used by both NotPetya and the WannaCry Ransomware worm that spread in May, to spread through local networks.

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Crime, malware, Computer Viruses, Cyber Security

“Get Rich or Die Trying”: Lone Ranger Cyber Criminal responsible for over 4,000 attacks.

Posted by Gary Fleming on Aug 21, 2017 5:30:34 PM

A large spree of Cyber-attacks which aims to infect networks, steal information and commit fraud has impacted over 4,000 organisations globally in the past 4 months.  Some of the companies hit include leading international names in the banking, manufacturing, construction and oil and gas industries across Germany, Croatia, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Kuwait and Dubai.

Attacks of this nature and scale tend to be accredited to cyber-criminal gangs, many of which are state funded with the aim of destabilising economies. However, in this case, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Researchers have discovered that these attacks are the work of a Nigerian man in his 20s who works on his own near the Nigerian capital. Funnily, on his personal Facebook page he uses the phrase, “Get Rich or Die Trying”.

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Topics: Phishing, Cyber Crime, malware, Computer Viruses, Cyber Security

Keep Your Router Hacker-Proof with These Tips

Posted by Niall Mackey on Apr 1, 2015 8:25:29 PM

Running a business that requires much technology can be a pain if you’re not used to the security detail that must be done beforehand. Fortunately, if you have an IT team, this task can be much easier and stress-free. Not only do you have to focus on having the right state-of-the-art technology that suits your company’s needs, but one that also addresses your client’s concerns.

While you establish this infrastructure, it’s equally as important that the safety of your team is fully fortified. From your emails to data storage to passwords to encryption, each area could be a potential hotbed for criminals to compromise the safety of you, your clients and employees.

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Topics: IT Security, Phishing, Cyber Crime, Spam, malware, Computer Viruses

What Is BadUSB? And Should I Be Scared?

Posted by Niall Mackey on Mar 9, 2015 11:30:00 AM

In the past several years, we’ve seen the USB port grow up like a child in his formative years. We’ve seen the progression from being reserved only for mice and keyboards to now being used for everything from charging to storing. However, as security experts, we’re not captivated by its use and growthwe’re concerned with its safety.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Crime, malware, Computer Viruses

Malvertising & Your Business: Are You Protected?

Posted by Niall Mackey on Mar 5, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Keeping your employees and clients protected from online breaches shouldn't have to be a problem, but due to the rapidly-changing landscape of the internet, its importance is growing. You're probably familiar with malware and its negative impacts, but not too far behind that concept is malvertising.

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Topics: IT Security, Cyber Crime, malware, Computer Viruses

Hackers Embroil Snapchat in Sony Fallout

Posted by Niall Mackey on Jan 2, 2015 2:39:00 PM

Topsec_Image_ISony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. – an American affiliate of the Japanese international media and technology conglomerate – wasn’t the only major company to be impacted by the “Guardians of Peace” in the last few weeks. The massive hack also led to a revelation of Snapchat’s top-secret business plans set in motion by its senior executives.

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Topics: IT Security, Email Security, Cyber Crime, Computer Viruses

Surprising Statistics About Computer Viruses

Posted by Niall Mackey on Dec 23, 2014 2:19:00 PM

Laptop With Virus And StethoscopeMost of us are well aware of how widespread malicious software (i.e. viruses, trojans, worms, adware, spyware, etc.) is in today’s digital age -- having heard, read about, or experienced it for ourselves on numerous occasions. But at this writing, I wanted to enlighten you on some shockingly hard statistics of how computer viruses negatively impact our computers, security, finances, and entreprises.

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Topics: about, Computer Viruses