A ransomeware nicknamed ‘Bad Rabbit’ is attacking European cities, most hit currently are Russia and Ukraine.
Reports have it that the malware has three Russian websites, an underground rail system in Kiev Ukraine and an airport in Odessa Ukraine.
The cyber-police chief in Ukraine confirmed to the Reuters news agency that ‘Bad Rabbit’ was the ransomware in question.
This latest ransomeware bears similarities to WannaCry and Petya malware programs that popped up earlier in the year.
It is presently not known what the scope of this malware would be, and how far it would spread.
“In some of the companies, the work has been completely paralysed – servers and workstations are encrypted,” head of Russian cyber-security firm Group-IB, Ilya Sachkov, stated.
Two of the affected sites are Interfax and Fontanka.ru.
WHAT IS A RANSOMEWARE?
A ransomeware is a type of malicious software that threatens to publish a victim’s data or perpetually prevent the user from assessing his/her data unless a ransom is paid.
In essence it ‘kidnaps’ your data and demands payment. Payment is usually by cryptocurrency, which is very difficult to trace, and thus making investigation and prosecution tasking.
Ransomeware attacks are more often carried out using ‘Trojan’ file usually sent to email accounts.
It is therefore advised to not open any suspicious looking email and also update antivirus programs on computers and other electronic devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
WHO HAS BEEN AFFECTED?
Apart from the two websites and facilities earlier stated in Russia and the Ukraine, with Interfax hit the hardest as its website was reading ‘unavailable’ a day after the attack, Russian Banks were also attacked on the morning of October 25th.
The Russian Central Bank disclosed that it noticed the attack on some financial institutions but it was unsuccessful.
Otkrytiye, formerly Russia’s biggest privately-owned bank, was one of the Russian financial institutions that repelled the attack, according to reports.
Google Celebrates Late Nigerian Doctor Stella Adadevoh
The popular technology company Google today celebrates the late Nigerian doctor, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh who ensured that the deadly Ebola virus did not gain wind in the country.
On Google Doodle today is a cartoon drawing to represent and celebrate Dr. Stella Adadevoh who would have turned 62 today. Doctor Stella was responsible for keeping the late Patrick Sawyer (the man who came to Nigeria with the virus) in quarantine despite pressures from both the Liberian government and the patient himself to let him go.
Doctor Stella Adadevoh later tested positive to the virus and passed on the 19th of August 2014.
GoogleAfrica takes to its Twitter page writing:
“Today our #Googledoodle celebrates the life of Stella Adadevoh, the Nigerian doctor, who helped stop the spread of Ebola in the country during the 2014 outbreak.”
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) October 27, 2018
Anambra Teen-Girls Win Gold In World Technovation Challenge
5 female students from the Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra win gold at the ‘World Technovation Challenge 2018’.
The 5 teenage girls from Anambra state representing Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge which held in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, USA, earn the Gold Medal in the contest.
The girls who defeated other huge competitors from the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and China to clinch the gold medal are Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.
The girls currently in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ – to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.
The Technovation challenge involves inviting girls annually to identify a problem in their communities, challenging them to solve these problems by developing Andriod applications that will address such problems.
115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.
WhatsApp Takes Upgrade A Level Higher
The social media platform WhatsApp announces the launch of a new feature globally that will highlight when a message has been forwarded and not composed by the sender.
WhatsApp is allegedly taking this move to curb the spread of fake news. The messaging application on Tuesday through its official blog released a statement addressing the upgrade.
In the statement, the platform, owned by Facebook, said:
“Starting today, WhatsApp will indicate which messages you receive, have been forwarded to you. This extra context will help make one-on-one and group chats easier to follow, it also helps you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message they sent or if it originally came from someone else.
“To see this new forwarded label, you need to have the latest supported version of WhatsApp on your phone. WhatsApp cares deeply about your safety.
“We encourage you to think before sharing messages that were forwarded. As a reminder, you can report spam or block a contact in one tap and can always reach out to WhatsApp directly for help.”
The social media platform in recent times, replied a notice by the Indian government to take immediate measures to prevent misuse of its platform. It said that the platform was testing a new label that highlights when a message has been forwarded.
Saying, “this could serve as an important signal for recipients to think twice before forwarding messages. Because it lets a user know if content they received was written by the person they know or a potential rumor from someone else.”
The company also announced in June an “unrestricted monetary awards” for research on the spread of misinformation on its platform to address the problem.