The hacker organization REvil has demanded $70 million in Bitcoin in exchange for decryption keys that prevent more than 200 companies from accessing critical files and information.
The organization’s latest ransomware campaign was launched on July 2, when an IT management solution provider named Kaseya Say It is investigating an attack on its VSA remote software monitoring and management tool. The company estimates that 40 customers have been affected, but many of them have customers of their own.
A security company called Huntress Labs initially estimated that at least 200 companies were affected by ransomware activities.At the time of writing, the company has Raised this estimate It is said that it may be more than 1,000 affected organizations worldwide, which makes it one of the largest ransomware activities to date.
Beep computer Report REvil claims that its activities affected more than 1 million devices. good news? The organization also claims that all these devices “will be able to recover from the attack in less than an hour” because their files are encrypted with the same key. The bad news is that they want to buy that key for $70 million.
BleepingComputer said that this is a record ransom, exceeding REvil’s previous request of $50 million to Acer. The group also asked Quanta Computer to provide US$50 million in funding. Exchange stolen files Is related to the upcoming Apple product in April, but it mysteriously Gave up this demand It should be paid the day before.
President Joe Biden Say On the weekend of Independence Day, he ordered an investigation into the ransomware campaign to determine whether the Russian government was involved. Kaseya said it has been in contact with the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and other federal agencies.