With new forms of cyber attacks coming out seemingly every day, the Wiper Malware tends to lurk in the background of everyone’s memory until it strikes again. Due to the less than likely hood of a wiper malware attack, many don’t take it as seriously as they should or even know what it is. Unlike other types of malware, a wiper malware does exactly that, it wipes all of your data. Data has become the lifeblood of organizations and many of us would falter and fail if hit with this type of attack.

What is a Wiper Malware?
Wiper malware, also known as Shamoon, Black Energy, Destover, Olympic Destroyer, destroys a system or data with the intent of damage reputations and cause financial loss. Destructive cyber attacks are not a new concept, but the delivery method of wiper malware can range from overwriting a few files to the complete destruction of an entire file system.

A typical wiper malware targets three things within your systems: Files or data, system boot section, and any backups located on the system. This targeted process often attacks these systems simultaneously, with generally no warning until the deed is done.

Why A Wiper Malware Attack?
Wiper malware attacks are unusual in the fact that they are generally not trying to make money. Most cyber attacks are for financial gain, whereas wiper malware have been launched for two reasons:

  • To send a message, often to make a political statement
  • To cover their tracks after a data theft.

But this could change, with the evolving cyberattack landscape we could potentially see wiper malware for different reasons:

  • Blackmail
  • Ransom
  • Extortion

Protecting Your Organization
With Wiper malware being only one of many cyber attacks hitting organization across the globe, the question is not if you will be attacked but when. There are basic protections you can take to ensure the survival of your data:

  1. Conduct a risk assessment of your organization
  2. Isolate intellectual property in hardened systems
  3. Backup data to an off-site location
  4. Have a response and recovery plan in place
  5. Test the response and recovery plan

For more information on Wiper malware and other malware threats, call (877) 369-1831 or email us at info@dfcyber.com.

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