BadRabbit Ransomware Outbreak falls in National Cyber Security Month


On October 24th, the third major ransomware attack hit the world. After the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware spread like wildfire earlier this year, the latest attack named BadRabbit has so far been contained to mainly Russia and Ukraine.

Perhaps it’s ironic that BadRabbit has struck in October; National Cyber Security month. Disguising itself as an Adobe Flash installer, it gets spread through ‘drive-by attacks’, leaving unsecured websites vulnerable to attack. If a user were to open the ransomware, their computer would be locked down and they’d be forced to cough up $280 Bitcoins in a 40-hour window.

For Giacom’s Bitdefender customers, all their end users were automatically protected from BadRabbit. Bitdefender GravityZone detected the ransomware as: Gen:Heur.Ransom.BadRabbit.1 and Gen:Variant.Ransom.BadRabbit.1Any customer on the Bitdefender GravityZone solution were not impacted at all, so there’s no need to worry.

Granted though, some users were affected. And before we forget about the latest attack, maybe it’s time to revisit your customer’s cyber security solution. National Cyber Security month is a project combining public and private enterprise to encourage both businesses and individuals to know what their options are when it comes to cyber security and put measures in place.

With large scale attacks on the increase, spending in the US is set to top $170bn in the next three years, and while phishing attacks have dropped substantially, it’s those major hacks that breach security and can cause damage to both brand and business.

There are different options to go for when it comes to cyber security. Plus, there’s a wide range of services that need to be considered. Companies like Bitdefender offer packages with a range of features like malware and ransomware protection, privacy and a fast response to any threat. These make it much simpler for smaller operations who just need an holistic solution.

Your customers also need to consider protecting their files and data. Disaster recovery, backup and disk management are valuable links in the security chain. These services, from firms like Acronis, help companies plan for cyber security. How will be data be recovered? How can you plan in advance?

This kind of preparation is vital when it comes to cyber security. And as cyber security and large scale hacks become a much bigger threat, a 360 degree solution is needed to plan for it. It’s about protection and cover. Searching for one or two simple solutions helps to give your customers peace of mind and to know that data can be secured.

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