Russia launching wiper malware cyber attacks against Ukraine

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After almost 6 months of war with Ukraine, Russia seems to have hit it digitally and so is reportedly launching wiper cyber attacks that could clean off data on the targeted computers on a permanent note.

Revealing the same at the Black Hat USA 2022 Security conference, Thomas Hegel and Juan Andres Guerrero, both working for SentinelOne and analyzing the digital invasion consequences on Ukraine, reiterated the above stated lines as facts.

From March this year, Moscow indulged in disinformation spread, DDoS attacks on Ukraine and other hacktivists related campaigns. But it did not achieve noted success by doing so and probably intensified the attacks with wiper malware.

Wiper Malware is a kind of malicious software that has the potential to act remotely and destroy data on targeted servers.

To those unaware of the past developments, Russia’s cyber forces used similar wiper software against Ukraine in 2016 and 2017 during NotPetya and Industroyer cyber incidents.

What’s special about the latest wiper from Russia is that it has a quality to make victims rethink they are victims of ransomware attack. But in real, their computer network is holding wiper software that can erase the information anytime.

It is still unclear how many databases were targeted or erased by the Vladimir Putin led nation. However, SentinelOne predicts that such software is often used to target critical systems and so there is a high probability that Kremlin might have launched the malevolent software to bring its opponent to knees.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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