July 28, 2021

Hackers Who Attacked Software Company Kaseya Demand $ 70 Million In Bitcoins For Decryption

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6 Jul 2021 00:29 GMT

The cyber attack affected thousands of people in at least 17 countries, destabilizing the operation of companies in various sectors, including financial services, travel and leisure companies or public entities.

A group affiliated with the cyber criminal gang REvil, which last week launched a cyber attack against Kaseya, a software provider company based in Miami (Florida, USA), which affected thousands of people around the world. , demanded this Sunday a total of 70 million dollars in bitcoins in exchange for a tool capable of deciphering all the affected equipment, reports AP.

The attack was felt in at least 17 countries –UK, Canada, Kenya Y New Zealand, among others—, destabilizing the operation of companies in various sectors, including financial services, travel and leisure companies, as well as public entities.

The FBI indicated that it is investigating the case together with the Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Agency, although it warned that “the magnitude of this incident” could make it impossible for each victim to be treated individually. For his part, US President Joe Biden reacted after the ‘hack’, asserting that Washington answer to in the event that it is determined that Russia was involved in the attack.

For his part, the spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitri Peskov, pointed out that the Kremlin had not studied the information about what happened, while stressing that cyber crimes could be the subject of consultations between both parties, reports TASS.

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Timed ‘hack’

By all indications, the hackers launched a ‘zero-day’ attack, a term used to refer to a security loophole in the ‘software’. In these cases, criminals infiltrate a computer system and plant ‘malware’ that renders it useless, waiting for the victims to pay. extortion lawsuits to thus obtain a decoder key.

In addition, experts emphasize that the cyberattack was carried out deliberately at the start of the festive week related to July 4, since during these days the US offices were understaffed due to the celebration of the Independence Day.

Previously, the processing company JBS USA, dedicated to the distribution and commercialization of meat products in the USA, admitted to having paid a total of 11 million dollars to get rid of an attack attributed to REvil.