Like rabbits, ransomware seems to multiply at a prodigious rate. The newest strain causing widespread damage dubbed Bad Rabbit, due to the TOR hidden service it directs victims to visit, appears to be based on the Petya ransomware and its’ variants, according to Cisco Talos. The campaign seems to have largely targeted Russia and Eastern Europe.
The recent crackdown on well-known Torrent services, aided by Internet Service Providers, has led to the increasing use of anonymizers. As the name implies, anonymizers allow for anonymous web browsing and are used by end users to bypass restrictions or blocks to web content. Anonymizers are proxy services, or “proxies,” that receive and execute web requests on behalf of the user, making online activity untraceable. It is the untraceable aspect of anonymizers that has caught the attention of the underground community.