Jul 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

By the numbers: The REvil ransomware attack

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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Cybercriminals linked to the hacker group allegedly responsible for an attack on meatpacker JBS have struck again.

Catch up quick: The hackers infiltrated businesses large and small in at least 17 countries, according to Aryeh Goretsky, a cybersecurity researcher with ESET.

By the numbers: Researchers are still determining the full extent of the damage, but here’s what we know so far: 

  • The malicious actors claim that 1 million computers have been affected — although that's likely "an enormous overestimate," per WSJ.
  • The ransom for a global fix is $70 million, or anywhere between $25,000 and $5 million apiece if victims want to pay separately.

The criminals facilitated their global attack largely through software made by Kaseya

  • Up to 1,500 firms in Kaseya’s customer chain were impacted, CEO Fred Voccola tells Reuters.
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