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The Latest Widespread Ransomware Holiday Weekend Attack

It has likely been another long weekend of working for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) staff addressing the latest widespread ransomware attack on businesses here in the United States and around the world.

See this quote from the Washington Post below:

“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.

“But because Kaseya’s software is used by large IT companies that offer contract services to hundreds of smaller businesses, the hack could have spread to thousands of victims. Kaseya told all of its nearly 40,000 customers to disconnect their Kaseya software immediately. The cybersecurity firm Huntress Labs said it had tracked 20 IT companies, known as managed-service providers, that had been hit. More than 1,000 of those companies’ clients, mostly small businesses, also had been affected by the hack, Huntress Labs said on Reddit.”

Once again, it is a company that provides software to businesses to run their operations that provided the conduit into those businesses.

There is a bit of a Russia connection to this event too. Lastly, I have to say “brace yourself” — there will be more attacks coming in the weeks ahead. What is there to stop them — answer me that!
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.
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