Jul 6, 2021 - Technology

Kaseya ransomware attack wreaks havoc around the world

Swedish supermarket Coop says its closed due to ransomware attack

Swedish supermarket chain Coop forced to close due to ransomware attack. Photo: Ali Lorestani/TT News AgencyAFP via Getty Images

Businesses around the globe are dealing with another big ransomware attack, linked to the Russia-connected REvil group that previously hacked meat processor JBS.

Catch up quick: The new attack exploits a flaw in software that middleware provider Kaseya supplied to customers, who are themselves companies that provide managed services to other businesses.

The big picture: This is a spectacularly successful example of a software supply chain attack — where hackers use vulnerability in a supplier's code to access all its customers' systems.

Yes, but: There's a strong case that managed services providers prevent more attacks than they cause, writes Bloomberg columnist Tim Culpan.

What they're saying:

  • Crowdstrike co-founder and former CTO Dmitri Alperovitch: "This is without a doubt going to turn out to be the biggest, most destructive ransomware campaign that we've seen so far."
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce senior VP Christopher Roberti: "The U.S. government must take the fight to these foreign cybercriminal syndicates."

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