The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently issued a joint Cybersecurity Advisory on destructive malware targeting organizations in Ukraine.
"Destructive Malware Targeting Organizations in Ukraine" discusses WhisperGate and HermeticWiper malware. Although the malware does not threaten the U.S. at this time, the advisory encourages all organizations to assess and strengthen their cybersecurity.
Destructive malware threatens daily operations and the availability of critical assets and data.
The director of CISA stated that the agency has been working with partners to identify and share information on malware that could threaten critical infrastructure in the U.S. following continued denial of service and destructive malware attacks in Ukraine.
The FBI Cyber Division assistant director said they and their partners continue to see malicious cyber activity targeting critical infrastructure and are working to "disrupt and diminish these threats." They ask organizations to "shore up their systems to prevent any increased impediment in the event of an incident."
The Cybersecurity Advisory also includes information on how organizations can detect malware and protect their own networks.
· Enabling multifactor authentication
· Setting antivirus and anti-malware software to conduct regular scans
· Enabling strong spam filters
· Updating software, and
· Filtering network traffic.
"CISA and FBI Publish Advisory to Protect Organizations from Destructive Malware Used in Ukraine" www.hstoday.us (Feb. 27, 2022).