Kaseya: Massive ransomware attack Compromising up to 1,500 Businesses

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Key Highlights:

  • Ransomware attacks hitting several small businesses including restaurants.
  • Engaging White House and Cybersecurity firms 
  • No comments were made on negotiation with hackers.

Affecting small businesses

Software Company Kaseya confirmed that between 800 and 1,500 businesses have been hit by a ransomware attack which has been affecting multiple times now.

A statement was released by the Kaseya group on Monday that approx 50 of its customer have been directly affected by this attack that comes in their considerate on 2nd July. More overly it has affected many small businesses which cover up 100 of such companies as Kaseya provides IT services to firms such as restaurants and accounting firms.

“Our global teams are working around the clock to get our customers back up and running,” Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola said in the statement.  He further adds, “We understand that every second they are shut down, it impacts their livelihood, which is why we’re working feverishly to get this resolved.”

White House and Cybersecurity Firm

Kaseya has already reached out to US government agencies for help including the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). This got the White House engaged with cybersecurity firm Fire Eye Mandiant.

On 4th July the White House requested companies who have faced ransomware attacks to report immediately to Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Kaseya had discussed with the FBI and CISA about the “systems and network hardening requirements prior to service restoration.” The company issued that “a set of requirements” will be posted “to give our customers time to put these countermeasures in place in anticipation of a return to service on July 6.”

Massive Critical Infrastructure

REvil demanded a $70 million payment in Bitcoin for a decryptor tool to restore the business data. In one of the interviews with Reuters on Monday, Voccola made no comments on Kaseya taking any action about negotiating with hackers.

Voccola informed Reuters that he wasn’t aware of the massive attack hitting the nationally important companies. He added, “We’re not looking at massive critical infrastructure, and that’s not our business.”

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