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Is Russia using new malware in its cyberwar against Ukraine? The data wiper malware SwiftSlicer was just discovered by a team of researchers at ESET. This is just the latest in an onslaught of wiper malware that Ukraine is facing. So what is it? Check out the full video to find out.

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Contents:
00:00 Intro
00:20 SwiftSlicer
00:27 Ukrinform attack
00:52 Sandworm
01:05 Wiper malware
01:19 Ukraine IT army

Let’s talk about wipers. No, not the ones you’re thinking about! Data wipers. Ukraine is facing an onslaught of them.
It’s an increasingly popular type of malware created to maliciously erase the hard drive of a computer it infects.

Researchers at ESET discovered new data wiping malware targeting Ukrainian organizations — SwiftSlicer.

This isn’t the first time Ukraine is facing a wiper threat. Just a few weeks ago, Ukraine's national news agency Ukrinform was targeted by five different wing media. Ukraine's Computer Emergency Response Team was able to partially stop the wipers but it was a close call. If successful, the malware would’ve rendered the news agency’s computer systems useless.

Unsurprisingly, the attack on Ukrinform and the latest SwiftSlicer malware seem to be coming from Russia. Sandworm, the Russia-backed hacking group related to the attacks, is increasingly relying on wiper malware as its cyber weapon of choice.

Wipers are specifically created to disrupt and degrade critical infrastructure. While this type of malware isn’t new, its popularity has increased significantly in the last few years. Especially since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, the country is striking back. In response to cyber threats during the invasion, Ukraine has formed an IT army with thousands of volunteers.

So, what do you think? Will wiper malware become more of a threat in the coming years?

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