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US-CERT Warns of ‘Bad Rabbit’ Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. government has released a notice about a new ransomware that homed in on media companies in Russia and transportation systems in Ukraine, CNN Tech reported Wednesday.

The ransomware attack was also identified in other countries such as the U.S., Japan, Germany and Turkey.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team said in a notice Tuesday that it has received several reports of ransomware attacks, also known as Bad Rabbit.

Bad Rabbit is a suspected variant of the Petya ransomware that poses as an Adobe update before it seizes computer files and demands a ransom.

US-CERT said organizations and individuals should avoid paying the ransom and that unpatched software may increase the risk of spread of ransomware and other cyber threats.

The detection of Bad Rabbit came five months after Europol reported that Wannacry ransomware attacks compromised at least 200,000 computers in over 150 countries.

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