• Emily Malone

How to protect yourself from Bad Rabbit: the ransomware infecting Europe

Announced today, a new ransomware called Bad Rabbit is infecting computers across Europe. It’s been compared to the WannaCry and Petya attacks that wreaked havoc with the NHS and britain’s largest advertising company, WPP, earlier this year.

Worryingly, the malware has already affected several big Russian media outlets, with Interfax news agency and Fontanka.ru among the confirmed victims. And we know that it has spread to Ukraine, Turkey and Germany too.

How does it work?

According to Kaspersky‘s findings, Victims unsuspectingly download a fake Adobe Flash installer from infected websites and manually launch the .exe file, which then ultimately infects their devices.

The attackers use the ransomware installed to completely lock users out of their files and demand 0.05 bitcoin from them for access — that’s about £220 at the current exchange rate.

However, security experts have advised against paying the ransom as it encourages more attacks. Plus, there’s no guarantee the attackers will remove the malware from your device. I mean, we can’t really trust these people to keep their word, can we?

How can I protect my business?

Seeing as Salesforce is basically a huge database of sensitive information, you might be paranoid that it’s a pretty vulnerable place to leave your files at this time. But 64 percent of enterprise companies note that cloud infrastructure is a more secure data solution than legacy systems, and 87 percent of businesses who have used the cloud don’t rate security as one of their top five concerns.

Salesforce are obviously very conscious of all of these malware attacks and as such, they regularly identify any possible vulnerabilities to make sure all their customers’ data is secure. To this date, they’ve never reported any cases resulting from ransomware. They continually scan their systems and take proactive measures to help protect their customers and their data.

That’s why we’ve been helping WWP agencies install Salesforce, so there’s no repeat of the attack which affected them in June this year.

Salesforce commit to the highest security standards, as nothing is more important to them than the privacy of their customers’ data. Rather than weaken security, cloud computing in fact improves companies’ defenses. This is due to the huge amount of money cloud providers spend on securing their data center infrastructure, compared to an internal security team — a team that’s left to fend off the very same attacks with a much lower budget.

Essentially, they can afford to invest in the latest preventative solutions to make sure nothing evil slips through the cracks.

If you’re worried about these new cyber attacks and want to learn more about how to protect yourself and your business, please contact either David or Paul via this form, who will be able to talk to you about your options.