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New ransomware called Bad Rabbit is taking over computers across Europe.It’s locking users out of their machines and demanding money from them, but security experts are warning people not to pay up. It’s currently unclear if infected computers can be fully restored, but there are ways to protect yourself from the cyber attack.

The criminals behind Bad Rabbit are tricking people into infecting themselves, by disguising the malware as an Adobe flash installer and planting it on legitimate websites that have been compromised. After infecting one machine in a network - one computer in an office, for example - Bad Rabbit can find any login details stored on the machine which it uses to spread to others, security researchers have claimed.

Dos and Don'ts

  • Do not install any flash updates that appear on your screen asking you to install.
  • Do keep anti-virus software up to date.
  • Do not click any links on a suspicious email.
  • Do not give any sensitive information through email