Wiper malware threat looms over Tokyo Olympics


Did you know that according to recent research by a famous Japanese security company, it was discovered that computer systems in Japan are attacked by destructive wiper malware? In shock, this was discovered 2 days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

What is wiper malware?

Wiper malware is malware that deletes specific files of the infected computer system. It can also erase the entire hard drive of the infected computer. It is different from other types of malware like ransomware. TThe intention of the cybercriminal behind the use of wiper malware is to completely destroy user data without any financial gain. Additionally, this attack vector has been linked with cyber terrorists trying to instill fear among organizations and countries as this can lead to unprecedented reputation losses.

The USP of this type of attack is that its detection is useless as the damage caused by them is irreversible.

In recent years, No attack Petya in 2017 was the most damaging wiper malware attack, estimated to damage around $ 10 billion worldwide.

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Wiper Malware Attack Targeting Tokyo Olympics 2021

Wiper malware attack targeting the Olympics is an event seen before too!. During the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, a malicious Word document was used to remove a backdoor component named Icefog that exploited old vulnerabilities in Windows Common Controls. This was primarily used to target organizations with a large number of computers, where applying security patches is a lengthy process.

According to an article by The record, the wiper malware used in Japan does not delete all data from the system. It only targets files located at location ‘C: / Users // ‘.

In addition to that, this malware also targets TXT, LOG and CSV files which are generally used to store logs, databases or password information.

The malware also targets files created with the Japanese word processor Ichitaro, leading researchers to believe that it was specifically created to target systems in Japan.

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The Wiper Malware Threat Looms Over Tokyo Olympics post first appeared on Kratikal Blogs.

*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from Kratikal Blogs written by Rishi Khemani. Read the original post at: https://www.kratikal.com/blog/wiper-malware-threat-looms-over-tokyo-olympics/


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