Microsoft: ‘Destructive malware’ fakes ransomware to target Ukrainian orgs

Microsoft discovered a “destructive malware” that can wipe data on dozens of computer systems and mainly target organizations in Ukraine.

Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) has discovered a “destructive malware” that can wipe data on dozens of computer systems and mainly target organizations in Ukraine.

Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) researchers have published a report citing details of a malware campaign targeting Ukrainian tech organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. 

The malware first surfaced on Ukrainian systems on 13 January 2022 and holds significance given the current geopolitical situation in the country. Many government websites were hacked between Thursday and Friday through the Kyiv-based firm Kitsoft, a well-known software vendor.

Reportedly, many Ukrainian government agencies’ websites were hacked this week, and attackers replaced the home page’s content with threatening messages to the government, revealing that their data has been compromised.

Microsoft researchers explain that the destructive computer code poses an “elevated risk to any government agency, non-profit or enterprise located or with systems in Ukraine.”

Possible Perpetrators?

Ukraine’s national security and defense council’s deputy secretary, Serhiy Demedyuk, stated that the government suspects a hacking group having ties with Belarusian intelligence could be responsible for this hacking.

But, Microsoft stated that

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