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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: 2) by RS3 on Tuesday July 06 2021, @02:57AM

    by RS3 (6367) on Tuesday July 06 2021, @02:57AM (#1153194)

    OS of course knows what's being written to disk. You (quite easily) tagged files and directories you wanted backed to tape in the software. Worked very well. Sure wish I had written it down. It was so awesome, I "assumed" all tape software worked that way.

    Funny story- 2 guys were feverishly writing gobs of C on Unix (not sure which flavor- maybe HP-UX) for months. They decide to do a backup to tape. I mean, seriously major large project, many months, full-time. Anyway, guy gives tar command, but reverses disk and tape devices. So yes, OS said "okay, you want to write the raw tape to the raw disk. I can do that."

    Fortunately they were taking notes as they went, so it took them another 2 weeks to recreate the whole project. I was doing sector-level stuff in those days, and offered to recover lots of files, or at least parts of files, but everyone declined (it was a VERY political / competitive place).

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