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Cyber Warfare, Ukraine is under a wiper malware offensive

Ukraine is under a wiper malware offensive. Microsoft cybersecurity experts: It looks like ransomware but is designed to render targeted devices inoperable. It has been detected on dozens of systems and the numbers could grow

The Ukraine government websites are still under a foreign cyber warfare attack. This time by a Master Boot Records (MBR) wiper malware, that first appeared on the victimized systems on January 13. It has been discovered by Microsoft cybersecurity experts. The malware, which is designed to look like ransomware but lacking a ransom recovery mechanism, is intended to be destructive and designed to render targeted devices inoperable rather than to obtain a ransom. Given the scale of the observed intrusions, researchers believe these actions represent an elevated risk to any government agency, non-profit or enterprise located or with systems in Ukraine. The malware, in facts, has been detected on dozens of impacted systems and that number could grow as the investigation continues. These systems span multiple government, non-profit, and information technology organizations, all based in Ukraine.

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