U.S. companies hit by “huge” cyber attacks

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According to cybersecurity companies, about 200 US companies have been hit by “huge” ransomware attacks.

According to Huntress Labs, the hack targeted Florida-based IT company Kaseya and then spread through a corporate network that used the software.

Kaseya said in a statement on her website that she was investigating “potential attacks.”

Huntress Labs said it believes that the Russian-linked REvil ransomware gang is responsible.

The federal agency, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, Said in a statement Taking action to deal with the attack.

A cyber breach occurred on Friday afternoon as businesses across the United States spent their time on the long weekend of Independence Day.

Kaseya said one of the applications running corporate servers, desktop computers and network devices could have been compromised.

The company said it is urging customers to use VSA tools to shut down the server immediately.

Kaseya said in that statement According to Huntress Labs, that number is already around 200, counting, but “a few” companies have been affected.

It is not clear which particular company was affected-a Kaseya representative contacted by the BBC did not provide details.

The Kaseya website states that it exists in more than 10 countries and has more than 10,000 customers.

“This is a huge and catastrophic supply chain attack,” Huntless Labs senior security researcher John Hammond said in an email to Reuters.

At a summit in Genoa last month, US President Joe Biden said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was responsible for curbing such cyber attacks.

Biden said he gave Putin a list of 16 key infrastructure sectors, from energy to water, that should not be hacked.

Revil (also known as Sodino Kibi) is one of the most prolific and profitable cybercrime groups in the world.

The gang was accused by the FBI in a May hack that paralyzed the operation of JBS, the world’s largest meat supplier.

This group may threaten to post stolen documents on a website (called a “happy blog”) if the victim does not comply with the request.

REvil was also involved in a coordinated attack on about 20 Texas municipalities in 2019.

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