The latest cyber-attack has seen computers go down all over the world. Dubbed ‘Bad Rabbit’ this ransomware locks users out of their computers and demands a ransom before allowing the user to regain access.
It bears similarities to the WannaCry and Petya outbreaks earlier this year. £280 in Bitcoin is what it will take to regain control of your data. If you don’t oblige within the set time-frame the amount goes up.
How does it work?
Bad Rabbit infects a network when a person inadvertently runs a fake file installer that has been built to replicate the real deal. Adobe Flash Player is a favored mechanism for Cybercriminals.
Once a computer has been infected, Bad Rabbit can find any login details and infiltrate the entire network! This is another strong case as to why you shouldn’t trust suspicious links.
How to protect yourself from Bad Rabbit and other Ransomware:
- Keep all software, browser plugins and antivirus up to date.
- Be very wary of executing suspicious files.
- Always ensure your files are backed up.
These attacks require a short period of time to inflict maximum damage. That is why now, more than ever it is vital to install all software and security patches and think before you click!