Iranian State Broadcaster IRIB Hit by Destructive Wiper Malware

An investigation into the cyberattack targeting Iranian national media corporation, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), in late January 2022 revealed in the deployment of a wiper malware and other custom implants, as the country’s national infrastructure continues to face a wave of attacks aimed at inflicting serious damage.

“This indicates that the attackers’ aim was also to disrupt the state’s broadcasting networks, with the damage to the TV and radio networks possibly more serious than officially reported,” Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity firm Check Point said in a report published last week.

The 10-second attack, which took place on January 27, involved the breach of state broadcaster IRIB to air pictures of Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) leaders Maryam and Massoud Rajavi alongside a call for the assassination of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“This is an extremely complex attack and only the owners of this technology could exploit and damage the backdoors and features that are installed on the systems,” Deputy IRIB chief Ali Dadi was quoted as saying to state TV channel IRINN. Read more:

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