FBI warns businesses of data-wiping malware

The FBI has issued a warning to all US businesses about an unnamed malware that has the ability to overwrite information stored on hard drives, including master boot records. Any infected Windows machines will be unable to boot up once infected.

The malware is believed to be of the same type and origin that attacked Sony Pictures. In the Sony attack, hackers made off with gigabytes of personal data, unreleased movies and corporate data.

What is malware?

Cyber attacks take many forms, some of which broadly fall under the umbrella term of malware (malicious software). This can manifest itself as viruses, worms, spyware or Trojans, each of which has different techniques to exploit your systems and networks. These can include exploiting human vulnerabilities through phishing scams, right through to worms that continually look for weaknesses in operating systems.

What can I do?

Sony has enlisted FireEye’s Mandiant incident response team to help it deal with this attack. Unfortunately, not all businesses have such a team at their disposal.

So, what should you do if you are worried about malware and cyber attacks on your systems and networks?

A good place to start is to get up to speed on the latest cyber security issues and what you can do to protect yourself.

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