UPDATE: According to Reuters a five page confidential flash warning was issued to US businesses warning of a potential malware attack and security experts familiar with the Sony attacks believe it to be the same malware attack.
“This correlates with information about that many of us in the security industry have been tracking,” said one of the people who reviewed the document. “It looks exactly like information from the Sony attack.”
“The FBI routinely advises private industry of various cyber threat indicators observed during the course of our investigations,” he said. “This data is provided in order to help systems administrators guard against the actions of persistent cyber criminals.”
“This malware has the capability to overwrite a victim host’s master boot record and all data files,” the report said. “The overwriting of the data files will make it extremely difficult and costly, if not impossible, to recover the data using standard forensic methods.”
The malware attack was also referred to as a game changer. It also seems the targets are businesses rather than the average user, although any damage done to businesses will affect everyone.
Breaking news coming from Reuters newswire is pointing to a new malware attack that the FBI says has been launched in the United States in the wake of the Sony Entertainment hack. FBI warns that if infected hard drives are next to impossible to recover data from.
FBI WARNS THAT UNKNOWN HACKERS HAVE LAUNCHED CYBER ATTACK WITH ‘DESTRUCTIVE MALWARE’ IN UNITED STATES IN WAKE OF ATTACK ON SONY ENTERTAINMENT
FBI SAYS THAT DESTRUCTIVE MALWARE IS CAPABLE OF WIPING DATA ON HARD DRIVES, MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO RECOVER DATA
The information is very sparse at the moment but those are the Reuters wire messages, we’re hoping to see more information as this develops. What connection, if any, this has to do with the Sony hack is also unknown. The FBI seems to be connecting the two from the sounds of the Reuters wire report. We’ll keep listening for any updates from authorities and the newswires. If something breaks we will either update this post or if the news is significant, post a new story. If you have any tips or information on this supposed new malware attack, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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