Hackers Behind Kaseya Ransomware Attack Demand $70 Million in Bitcoin
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Russian-linked cybercrime group REvil reportedly demanded $70 million in Bitcoin on Monday to restore data targeted in a massive ransomware attack. The attack was launched on Friday against Kaseya, a Miami-based software provider, using its IT management software to spread to thousands of connected systems in at least 17 countries. The ransom demand was posted on REvil’s dark web site Happy Blog, leading experts to conclude that the group was behind the attack. REvil was also behind the ransomware attack against meatpacking company JBS, which resulted in an $11 million payment. President Joe Biden said Saturday that he had ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to investigate the attack.
Coverage was mostly balanced on all sides. Coverage differed across the spectrum in its descriptions of REvil, which included “cybercrime gang,” “the notorious REvil gang,” and “Russian-linked hackers.”
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From the LeftRansomware group demands $70 million for Kaseya attack
The ransomware group REvil has demanded a $70 million payment in Bitcoin for a decryptor tool following its attack on the software vendor Kaseya, cyber researchers say.
The offer of a universal tool reflects the "logistical nightmare" REvil is now facing with thousands of potential victims to negotiate with, researcher Allan Liska at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future said.
"We know there are thousands of victims here. REvil [has] limited resources to handle negotiations and process keys," Liska said, calling this the biggest non-nation state supply chain attack ever, and possibly the second biggest ransomware attack...
From the CenterHackers demand $70 mln to restore data held by companies hit in cyberattack - blog
Hackers suspected to be behind a mass extortion attack that affected hundreds of companies worldwide late on Sunday demanded $70 million to restore the data they are holding ransom, according to a posting on a dark web site.
The demand was posted on a blog typically used by the REvil cybercrime gang, a Russia-linked group that is counted among the cybercriminal world's most prolific extortionists.
From the RightRussian hackers seemingly behind latest ransomware attack, demand $70M
A Russian-linked group that is counted among the cybercriminal world’s most prolific extortionists is suspected to be behind a “colossal” ransomware attack that affected hundreds of companies worldwide — just weeks after President Biden boasted about taking President Putin to task on cyberattacks.
In a post on a blog typically used by the Russian-linked REvil cybercrime gang, a group of ransomware hackers appears to have taken responsibility for the cyberattack that hit over 200 US companies Friday, demanding $70 million in bitcoin for the data to be returned.