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posted by janrinok on Saturday July 03 2021, @10:55AM   Printer-friendly

About 200 US businesses have been hit by a "colossal" ransomware attack, according to a cyber-security firm.

Huntress Labs said the hack targeted Florida-based IT company Kaseya before spreading through corporate networks that use its software.

Kaseya said in a statement on its own website that it was investigating a "potential attack".

Huntress Labs said it believed the Russia-linked REvil ransomware gang was responsible.

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, a federal agency, said in a statement that it was taking action to address the attack.

The cyber-breach emerged on Friday afternoon as companies across the US were clocking off for the long Independence Day weekend.

The two big things that are keeping cyber-security professionals up at night lately are ransomware attacks and supply chain attacks. This latest incident combines both nightmares into one big Independence Holiday weekend-ruining event for hundreds of US IT teams.

Ransomware is the scourge of the internet. Multiple organised criminal gangs are constantly attempting to gain access to computer networks to hold them hostage. The rate of attack is relentless but it can take a lot of time and effort on the criminals part to successfully hijack one victim's computer system.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Mojibake Tengu on Saturday July 03 2021, @03:00PM

    by Mojibake Tengu (8598) on Saturday July 03 2021, @03:00PM (#1152574) Journal

    Axiom 0: data is code and code is data.
    => Every code is someone's data.

    You are right about original Web was accidentally[1] safe, because html1 markup before scripting happened to be a declarative language, not executable language.

    But the fundamental design error was made with Web not designed by intention as pure declarative in client context, like, say, forming pages pure declaratively[2] in Prolog or a dialect, and letting clients to decide completely what they turn to rendering execution about it, enabling logical deductions about pieces of information. Instead, we got executive hell by foreign code enforced on clients.
    The same with emails.

    This will never be fixed. Not by adding more jails and fortifications to clients. Not in this decadent political digitalism epoch.

    [1] 'accidental' as in ancient Aristoteles' meaning
    [2] Note HTTP/HTML predecessor, the gopher, was very primitive but made declarative, evolved from classic BBS's menu systems.

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