Wiper Malware is on the Rise: What You Need to Know

In the past year, the use of disk wipers in cyberattacks has increased significantly. This type of malware is particularly dangerous because it can destroy data and render systems inoperable. The attacks that began with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine early last year have continued unabated, and the malware has transformed into a potent threat for organizations in the region and elsewhere.
 
Wiper malware is typically spread through email attachments or malicious links. Once executed, the malware begins to delete files and folders on the victim’s system. In some cases, the malware also overwrites key system files, making it impossible to boot the system.
 
Organizations can protect themselves from wiper malware attacks by backing up data regularly, keeping systems up to date, and using security solutions that can detect and block malicious emails and links.
 
In the last few years, there has been a worrying trend in the world of cybercrime: the use of disk wipers. Disk wipers are malicious pieces of software that are designed to delete all the data on a hard drive, making it impossible to recover. This type of malware is particularly dangerous because it can cause irreparable damage to a business or individual, with the potential to wipes weeks or even months of work in an instant.
 
Thankfully, there are steps that businesses and individuals can take to protect themselves from this growing threat. In this article, we will take a look at what wiper malware is, how it works, and some of the steps that you can take to protect yourself from it.
 

What is Wiper Malware?

 
Wiper malware is a type of malicious software that is designed to delete all the data on a hard drive, making it impossible to recover. This type of malware is particularly dangerous because it can cause irreparable damage to a business or individual, with the potential to wipes weeks or even months of work in an instant.
 
Wiper malware is often used by cybercriminals as a way to destroy evidence of their activity or as a way to blackmail businesses or individuals by threatening to delete their data unless a ransom is paid.
 

How Does Wiper Malware Work?

 
Wiper malware works by overwriting the data on a hard drive with random data or by delete the data entirely. This type of malware is often spread through malicious email attachments or links, and can be difficult to detect because it may not display any obvious signs that it is present on a system.
 
Once activated, wiper malware can cause extensive damage to a system,
 

New Breed of Wipers

 
While disk wipers have been around for years, they have become a growing threat in recent years. Fortinet’s report found that 16 wiper families were used in attacks last year, and another report found that more than 20 wiper families were used. Ukrainian organizations remain primary targets, but organizations in other countries are also at risk. North America continues to experience the least wiper activity.

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