Secrets of the Wiper: Inside the World’s Most Destructive Malware

May 10, 2018


Shamoon, Black Energy, Destover, ExPetr/Not Petya and Olympic Destroyer: All of these wiper malwares, and others like them, have a singular purpose of destroying systems and/or data, usually causing great financial and reputational damage to victim companies. However, the threat actors behind this kind of code, whether they’re bent on sending a political message or simply wanting to cover their tracks after data exfiltration, have adopted various techniques to carry out those activities.

Cisco Talos researcher Vitor Ventura, along with contributions from Martin Lee, noted in a report published on Tuesday, that malware with destructive payloads has been around since the early days of virus development.

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