Hackers have hijacked the information of more than 200 small businesses in Florida and are demanding millions of dollars in ransom, posing a serious threat to the country’s supply chain.
The criminals exploited a weakness in the vendor Kaseya’s technology management software and, after changing parts of it, encrypted customer files, preventing them from accessing them, Reuters reported on July 2.
“This is a colossal and devastating supply chain attack,” said Huntress senior security researcher John Hammond.
Kaseya, which serves more than 40,000 customers, responded to the attack by shutting down part of its infrastructure, which uses the hacked VSA tool used to manage servers, desktops, network devices, and printers.
The extortionists reportedly demanded ransom for the encrypted data in amounts ranging from several thousand dollars to as much as 5 million dollars for each of the companies attacked.
For its part, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said it was “taking action to understand and address the recent supply-chain ransomware attack” that altered the Kaseya software.
The indispensable use of computer systems around the world has simultaneously become one of the biggest weaknesses, and criminals are exploiting it to their financial advantage.
Christopher Krebs, former director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, commented that no one is exempt from being hacked, referring to the attack on the Colonial Pipe pipeline systems in May.
“They went after our gas and they went after our hot dogs. No one is out of bounds here,” Krebs noted in part of an interview tweeted by the Twitter account @TODAYshow.
Although the FBI discovered at the time that the hackers were apparently located in Russia, there could be no assurance that the government there was compromised.
“The FBI confirms that the Darkside ransomware is responsible for the compromise of Colonial Pipeline’s networks. We continue to work with the company and our government partners on the investigation,” the entity communicated according to alternative media outlet Just The News on May 11.
After they paralyzed a large sector of the United States by preventing the supply of fuel, the hijackers obtained tens of millions of dollars for the return of the withheld information.
In this context, FBI Director Christopher Wray compared the threats from the hijacking of vital data from computer systems to the security challenges presented by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
“There are a lot of parallels, there’s a lot of importance, and a lot of focus by us on disruption and prevention,” Mr. Wray said in an interview early last month, according to The Wall Street Journal.
He added, “There’s a shared responsibility, not just across government agencies but across the private sector and even the average American.”
On the other hand, just next week, the Cyber Polygon 2021 event will be held, an international forum that will analyze cyberattacks. The World Economic Forum [WEF] and personalities that promote globalism will participate.
The leftist founder of the WEF, Klaus Schwab, commented on the event, saying: “It is time for a Great Reset, change is not happening, we have a choice to remain passive and see the negative, the negative trends, [such as] inequality, polarization, nationalism and racism.”
He added: “if not stopped those trends will lead to a post-coronavirus world that is definitely less sustainable, less egalitarian and much more fragile.”
The Great Reset plans to restructure the world organization, and consequently every human being: “Will own nothing, but will be happy,” according to its motto.