Cisco’s Talos Intelligence Group (TIG) has issued a warning. In the white paper, Wiper Malware: Attacking from the Inside, two TIG researchers advise adversaries are changing their attack methodology.
“A wiper is a malware with the sole intention of destroying systems and/or data, usually causing great financial and/or reputation damage. The motivation behind these [wiper] attacks may be political, aimed at generating publicity, or it can also be pure and simple artifact destruction with the intention of preventing a forensics investigation.” As to a wiper’s effectiveness, the two researchers believe it correlates directly to the speed at which the malware can destroy digital information.
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