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FBI Issued Warning – Destructive “Wiper” Malware

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The FBI released a warning to a wide range of companies that a U.S. business had experienced a malicious software that wipes data from every hard drive it touches.  This malware (some refer to as “wiper”) overwrites computers beyond the point of recovery and prevents computers from rebooting.  Security experts have indicated it is nearly impossible to recover using standard means.

This serves as a reminder to make certain that backups exist for your systems, that backup restore capabilities have been tested, and to contact security@usc.edu if you have any observations to share and/or questions.

FURTHER READING

FBI Memo Warns of Malware Possibly Linked to Hack at Sony Pictures (CSO)
FBI Malware Warning Follows Sony Pictures Hack (C|NET)
Hackers Pirate Sony Films and Leak Studio Salaries (NY Times)

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