US companies scramble to contain international ransomware attack

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Businesses across the US rushed on Saturday to contain a ransomware attack that paralyzed computer networks around the world, a situation complicated in the US by offices being lightly staffed at the start of the Fourth of July weekend. In Sweden, most of the grocery chain Coop’s 800 stores were unable to open because cash registers weren’t working, according to the public broadcaster. State railways and a major pharmacy chain were also affected. Cybersecurity experts said the REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appeared to be behind the attack that targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers. The privately held Kaseya is based in Dublin with a US headquarters in Miami.” (07/03/21)