Widespread ransomware attack likely hit ‘thousands’ of companies on eve of long weekend

A sprawling ransomware attack that hit hours before the beginning of the July Fourth holiday weekend has already affected hundreds of businesses and is likely to hit many more, researchers said.

On Saturday morning, the information technology company Kaseya confirmed that it had suffered a “sophisticated cyberattack” on its VSA software — a set of tools used by IT departments to manage and monitor computers remotely. The company said that only about 40 customers had been affected.

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Why Healthcare Keeps Falling Prey to Ransomware and Other Cyberattacks
The healthcare industry is under attack like never before. What started as a surge in criminal activity during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic has now metastasized into a full-blown crisis within the healthcare industry worldwide. The recent disruptive ransomware attacks on Scripps Health in San Diego, Ireland’s national health service and Waikato hospitals in New Zealand demonstrate the global nature of the threat, and the pervasive level of risk within this industry.
https://threatpost.com/healthcare-prey-ransomware-cyberattacks/167525/

Hundreds of Businesses, From Sweden to U.S., Affected by Cyberattack
Hundreds of businesses around the world, including one of Sweden’s largest grocery chains, grappled on Saturday with potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities after a software provider that provides services to more than 40,000 organizations, Kaseya, said it had been the victim of a “sophisticated cyberattack.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/02/technology/cyberattack-businesses-ransom.html

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