Apr 1, 2022

Viasat confirms satellite modems were wiped with AcidRain malware

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A newly discovered data wiper malware that wipes routers and modems has been deployed in the cyberattack that targeted the KA-SAT satellite broadband service to wipe SATCOM modems on February 24, affecting thousands in Ukraine and tens of thousands more across Europe.

The malware, dubbed AcidRain by researchers at SentinelOne, is designed to brute-force device file names and wipe every file it can find, making it easy to redeploy in future attacks.

SentinelOne says this might hint at the attackers’ lack of familiarity with the targeted devices’ filesystem and firmware or their intent to develop a reusable tool.

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