Data-wiper malware strains surge as Ukraine battles ongoing invasion

Security researchers have detailed six significant strains of data-wiping malware that have emerged in just the first quarter of 2022, a huge surge over previous years.

This increase coincides with the invasion of Ukraine, and all of these wipers have been used against that state’s infrastructure and organizations. One of the wipers also took wind turbines in Germany offline, satellite communication modems in Ukraine seemingly being the primary target in this specific attack.

“Although these haven’t been officially attributed to Russian state-sponsored threat actors, their goals align with the Russian military’s,” wrote Fortinet security researcher Gergely Revay in a deep dive into the data-destroying malware as a whole. “It is widely theorized that these cyberattacks are intentionally being launched in concert with the invasion.”

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Source: The register