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A new ransomware outbreak, a variant of the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks, has been reported on October 24th, 2017.
This variant initially attacked mostly Russian and Ukranian transportation systems, but it is rapidly spreading through Europe and has also been spotted in Japan and the U.S.
The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team released a statement on Tuesday about the ransomware attack, also discouraging companies and individuals confronted with the virus from paying the ransom.
“This does not guarantee that access to your files and data will ever be restored” the statement read.
The virus has already attacked Russian media groups, including Interfax and Fontanka, as well as Ukranian transportation systems such as Odessa's airport, Kiev's subway and the country's Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.
Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab said in its security blog that the ransomware had infected devices through a number of hacked Russian media websites.
Based on their investigation, "this was a targeted attack against corporate networks", a statement read.
Kaspersky explained that the ransomware poses as a fake Adobe Flash installer that is downloaded and manually launched by the victim, thus infecting the computer.
More information about this ransomware outbreak here: https://securityintelligence.com/bad-rabbit-ransomware-attacks-highlight-risk-of-propagating-malware-outbreaks