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New form of ransomware used to hide previous hacking campaign - TechBullets
Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE - 2 years ago
  • A new form of ransomware detected in Japan is allegedly being used to cover up a previous hacking campaign, in a new twist on what would otherwise be yet another ransomware attack story.
  • Dubbed “ONI,” the ransomware is targeting Japanese companies for the specific purpose of being a “wiper,” a form of attack used to cover up previous hacking.
  • “We suspect that the ONI ransomware was used as a wiper to cover up an elaborate hacking operation,” security researchers at Cybereason Inc.
  • Explaining the uniqueness of the ONI attack, Stephan Chenette, founder and chief executive officer at AttackIQ Inc. told SiliconANGLE that given that the attackers waited months after compromising these machines to activate the ransomware that those running cybersecurity at the affected firms “had more than enough time to detect and respond to the infection, which would’ve minimized or nulled any impact.”