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Malware in the media: Bad Rabbit ransomware and Wifi-Krack vulnerability

At AV-Comparatives we follow around 50 security related news sources for the selection of the malware of the month. Often the blog post headers of the news feeds show a variety of security issues and news items addressed. To Determine which malware(s) got substantial media attention normally requires further reading of the blog posts. This month it was an easy choice. Bad Rabbit and the Wifi-Krack dominated the media.

To illustrate how unanimous the (security) media were, we summarized the blog posts of the antivirus solutions participating in our Real-World Protection Tests.

Company Bad rabbit ransomware Wifi Krack vulnerability
Avast Its rabbit season Securing Wifi networks
AVIRA Bad rabbit ransomware WPA2 Wifi Krack
Bitdefender Ransomware strikes again Wifi networks at risk
BullGuard Bad rabbit on the prowl Wifi flaw exposed
eScan Another ransomware Krack attack
ESET Not Petya back as rabbit Serious Wifi issue
Most routers vulnerable
F-Secure Following the bad rabbit
Big difference with Petya
Fortinet Tracking the bad rabbit WPA has been broken
Kaspersky Lab Bad rabbit ransomware Krack attack
McAfee Rabbit burrows Ukraine Krack not the end of world
Panda Not Petya bad rabbit Krack public Wifi
Seqrite/Quick Heal Bad Rabbit outbreak
Ransomware stay safe
Symantec/Norton New strain ransomware What you need to know
Trend Micro Protect yourself against rabbit WPA exposed by krack

Above table reflects the media attention of this month. Bad rabbit got a little more attention than the Wifi Krack. The Bad rabbit outbreak proofs that ransomware remains a nuisance and threat in 2017. When you are a victim of ransomware check the website of your favourite antivirus. Many vendors provide additional malware removal tools for free.

A complete list of free additional ransomware removal tools, can be found on “No More Ransom” is an excellent initiative of the Dutch police and Europol’s Cybercrime Centre together with McAfee and Kaspersky. Many cybersecurity companies have joined this collective: Avast, Barracuda, Bitdefender, CheckPoint, CrowdStrike, ElevenPaths, Emsisoft, ESET, Fortinet, G DATA, Heimdal and Trend Micro.

With ransomware continuously threatening home and business users, you might get depressed. To counter Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) we advise you to read Emsisoft’s “The 10 most ridiculous ransomware we have ever seen”.  This will certainly put a smile on your face :).