A cyberattack on data from U.S. software company Kaseya affected companies around the world, including thousands of computers in Germany. This was reported by experts from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), writes DW.
The hackers behind a huge ransomware attack said on July 4 on their blog that they want $70 million (€59 million) in Bitcoin to publicly release what they are calling a "universal decryptor."
The firm Kaseya, which helps firms remotely manage their IT infrastructure, was hit Friday in an attack believed to have been carried out by Russian-linked cybercrime gang REvil. The attack infected hundreds of companies in at least 17 countries.
The group is best known for the recent attack on JBS meat processing. In that instance, REvil was able to extort $11 million from the firm in a ransomware payment.
On Saturday, US President Joe Biden said there would be a response if investigations determined the Kremlin was linked in any way.
Which companies were hit in this latest ransomware attack?
The Miami-based firm Kaseya said a broad array of small businesses — including in financial services, travel and leisure, and public agencies on all continents — were hit in this latest ransomware attack.
In Sweden, the grocery chain Coop said the vast majority of its 800 stores were closed on Sunday for a second day because their cash register software supplier was down. A pharmacy chain, a gas station chain, the state railway and the public broadcaster SVT were also compromised.