Cyberwar Impact on Businesses: Ransomware & Wiper Malware Spillover

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Cyberwar Impact on Businesses: Ransomware, Wiper Malware Spillover, and DDoS

Brief Background on Russia & Ukraine's Cyberwar Battlefield

For over three years, Russia – one of the world’s most aggressive and skilled cyber powers- has been using Ukraine as its proverbial test lab, by experimenting with a variety of cyber warfare tactics.  As a result, Russian hackers have undermined nearly every sector of Ukraine: energy, finance, transportation, politics, military, and the media. They even shut off power to hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians in the dead of winter on two separate occasions, causing pipes to burst.  Hackers are making the leap from purely digital mayhem to real physical damage upon their adversaries with the potential to impact the entire world and slow the gears of modern society.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has resulted in a major escalation in this ongoing conflict.  The potential impact could be dire, not just for these two countries, but for the entire world.  You don’t have to be a high-value target in Ukraine or Russia to become collateral damage.  Rather, experts fear that cyberattacks will spill over into other countries, causing US-based businesses to become victims.  Here are some threats and resources to help you address them.

Key Points

Wiper Malware Spillover

Wiper malware is largely the same as ransomware, however, it doesn’t typically collect a ransom.  There are two variants to be on the lookout for:

      1. Whisper Gate and
      2. Hermetic Wiper. –> it’s free Decryptor

Increased Ransomware

Many cybersecurity experts are expecting that the threat of sanctions will cause an uptick in ransomware.  Sanctions have been catastrophic to not only the Russian government and economy but also to its citizens.  It’s safe to assume that a cyber powerhouse like Russia would turn to its ransomware infrastructure for easy cash. To learn more about ransomware, check out our blog: What is Ransomware? 

The concern of retaliation is so great that on March 4th, 2022 the White House’s deputy national security adviser for cyber, Anne Neuberger, ran a tabletop exercise to ensure that federal agencies were prepared for Russian cyber-assaults resulting from sanctions. 

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks

DDoS attacks utilize a large number of internet-connected devices to flood a target with requests and render it inoperable.  Without a properly configured external perimeter, it may be very difficult for a target of a DDoS attack to defend itself due to the nature of the attack.

Unplanned downtime caused by a DDoS attack is an incident that requires an immediate response.  Do you cover this scenario within your IR plan? For more on this, check out our blog: What Should I Include in My Incident Response Plan?

With the surge of compromised machines during this cyberwar, there are concerns that many business and personal devices are being compromised – completely under the radar and without alerting the owner of the device – to be used in large-scale DDoS attacks. What are you doing to ensure the integrity of your networks?

Increasing Your Online Security During Cyberwar:

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What to do if you get hit with Ransomware, a Wiper, or DDoS

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