New Data-Wiping Malware Called SwiftSlicer Used in Attacks Against Ukrainian Targets
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Researchers at ESET say that Sandworm, one of the Russian military’s most prolific hacking units, launched yet another destructive malware attack against Ukrainian targets last week using a new data-wiping malware it calls SwiftSlicer.
Although ESET did not identify the victim of this week’s attack, it “focused on a specific target” in the public sector, Jean-Ian Boutin, the company’s director of threat research, said.
ESET’s discovery follows a January 18 announcement by the Ukrainian Computer Emergency Response Team that it was investigating what it described as a “failed” Sandworm wiper attack on the National News Agency of Ukraine (Ukrinform) that took place January 17. Attackers deployed the “CaddyWiper” malware in that attack which was discovered on March 15. (AJ Vicens / Cyberscoop)