TechnologyHundreds of US businesses hit by cyberattack

Hundreds of US businesses hit by cyberattack


San Francesco, United States: After cyberattackers smuggled ransomware onto its network platform, a US IT company advised customers to shut down their servers on Friday.

Kaseya said Friday evening that the attack had been limited to “a very small percentage of our customers” who use its signature VSA software, which it estimates to be “fewer than 40 worldwide.”

Huntress Labs, a cybersecurity firm, had previously stated on a Reddit forum that it was working with partners who had been targeted in the attack, and that 200 businesses had been “encrypted.”

Ransomware attacks typically encrypt data in systems and demand that businesses pay a ransom to regain access.

Kaseya describes itself as a leading provider of small and medium-sized business IT and security management services.

The company’s flagship product, VSA, is designed to help businesses manage their computer and printer networks from a single location.

At midday on the US east coast, the company became aware of a possible VSA incident and “immediately shut down” its servers as a “precautionary measure,” according to the company.

At midday on the US east coast, the company became aware of a possible VSA incident and “immediately shut down” its servers as a “precautionary measure,” according to the company.

Kaseya also “immediately notified our on-premises customers via email, in-product notes, and phone to shut down their VSA servers to prevent them from being compromised.”

“We believe that we have identified the source of the vulnerability and are preparing a patch to mitigate it,” the company said in a statement.

The attackers were members of a hacking group known as REvil, according to the New Zealand government’s Computer Emergency Response Team.

According to the FBI, REvil was also behind last month’s attack on JBS, one of the world’s largest meat processors, which ended with the Brazilian company paying the hackers $11 million in bitcoin.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) put out word that it was “taking action to understand and address the recent supply-chain ransomware attack” against Kaseya VSA and the service providers using its software.

Businesses should follow Kaseya’s advice and shut down VSA servers as soon as possible to avoid having their systems compromised, according to CISA.

Kaseya has a US headquarters in Florida and an international headquarters in Ireland, according to the company’s website.

The United Nations Security Council held its first formal public meeting on cybersecurity this week, addressing the growing threat of cyberattacks on countries’ critical infrastructure, an issue that US Vice President Joe Biden recently raised with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Several members of the Security Council emphasised the tremendous dangers presented by cybercrime, particularly ransomware assaults on critical infrastructure and businesses.

Ransomware assaults have lately targeted a number of US companies, including the computing firm SolarWinds and the Colonial oil pipeline.

According to the FBI, the attacks were carried out by hackers based in Russian territory.


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