Russian media attacked by virus-encoder Bad Rabbit

Russian media attacked by virus-encoder Bad Rabbit

The Russian Interfax news Agency and online newspaper “Fontanka” became the victims of cyberattacks, experts say.

“Recorded attack on media virus-cryptographer. Group-IB became aware of at least three affected versions”, — stated in the message on the website of the Russian company Group-IB, which specializiruetsya on cybercrime investigations.

The virus named Bad Rabbit. It’s not like the virus-coders Forex and WannaCry, which blocked tens of thousands of computers worldwide in the spring and summer of this year.

“Maybe he uses a different vulnerability and the method of delivery”, — said the Agency RNS the head of Group-IB Ilya Sachkov.

Recorded attack on media virus-cryptographer. Group-IB became aware of at least three affected editions. Explore. #BadRabbit

— Group-IB (@GroupIB) 24 Oct 2017
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Earlier Tuesday about the attack by hackers, reported the Agency Interfax and the publication “Fontanka”.

“Due to hacker attacks on the servers of Interfax has failed. Technical services take all necessary steps to restore operation of systems,” — said in a statement Interfax on Twitter. Agency Deputy Director Yuri Pogorely called viral attack is unprecedented.

At the time of publication notes nor the website of the Interfax nor pay tapes for members. It was impossible to go to the database SPARK.

For unlocking computers Interfax hackers demanded a ransom in bitcoin, according to sources of the newspaper RBC. In a press-service of the Agency has not confirmed this information.

According to RBC, the staff of Interfax has published in social networks photos of the screens of their computers, which is the text of the demands of the hackers about the ransom in bitcoins. Also include the name of the virus — Bad Rabbit (“bad rabbit”).

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According to RBC, for unlocking each computer hackers need to pay 0.05 of a bitcoin, which is about 16 thousand rubles, or $ 280. “The point is that the virus is launched on the server. And all the computers, respectively, connected to it. Therefore, to get could any”, — said the interlocutor of RBC.