Author Topic: U.S. Government Warns of Data Wipers used in Iranian Cyberattacks  (Read 32 times)

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By Lawrence Abrams

    June 22, 2019 08:14 PM

According to a statement by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an increase in cyberattacks utilizing destructive wiper tools has been detected targeting U.S. industries and government agencies by Iranian actors or proxies.

The statement, titled "CISA Statement on Iranian Cybersecurity Threats", was posted today by CISA Director Chris Krebs to his Twitter account and issues a warning that Iranian affiliated actors are increasingly using destructive wiper attacks on targeted networks and computers.

A wiper is a malware program designed to delete data on a computer. Unlike ransomware, which is designed to ransom your encrypted files for a payment, wipers are designed to destroy your data with no way of recovering the files.

Wiper attacks have been used in the past by state actors or as decoys for other attacks, which are described later in the article.