Headline RoundupJuly 5th, 2021

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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