By Alex Marquardt, CNN
Software maker Kaseya said Monday evening that “fewer than 1,500 downstream companies” have been affected by the latest ransomware attack that hit companies around the world.
“To date, we know of fewer than 60 Kaseya customers who all used the VSA on-premise product and who were directly compromised by this attack,” said Kaseya. “While many of these customers provide IT services to several other companies, we know that the overall impact is affecting fewer than 1,500 downstream companies so far. We haven’t found any evidence that any of our [cloud] Customers have been compromised. “
Kaseya also said it met with the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency on Monday evening “to discuss system and network hardening requirements for both of them before restoring service.” [cloud] and customers on site. A number of requirements will be posted prior to the restart of the service to give our customers time to take these countermeasures pending service resumption on July 6th.
REvil malware has hit a multitude of IT management companies and compromised hundreds of their corporate customers Late last week.
The cybercriminal gang, believed to be operating out of Eastern Europe or Russia, targeted software provider Kaseya, whose products are widely used by IT management companies, cybersecurity experts said.
Kaseya’s managing director Fred Voccola said in an interview with Reuters on Monday that it is difficult to gauge the full impact of the attack, but the company estimates it has affected between 800 and 1,500 companies worldwide.
CNN reported Monday that ransomware group REvil requested a payment of $ 70 million in Bitcoin for a decryption tool to restore company data.
In an interview with Reuters, Voccola didn’t want to say whether Kaseya will pay the hackers. “No comment on any negotiations with terrorists,” he told Reuters.
Voccola also told Reuters that he was unaware that nationally important organizations were compromised in the attack. “We are not looking at massive critical infrastructure,” he said. “It’s not our business. We do not operate the AT&T network or the Verizon 911 system. Nothing like that. “
– Brian Fung contributed to this report
The CNN Wire
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