A Russian-linked cybercrime organization has reportedly launched a massive ransomware attack involving hundreds of companies, according to a cybersecurity firm.
The ongoing attack has affected more than 200 businesses so far, cybersecurity firm Huntress Labs told FOX Business on Friday evening.
Hackers have targeted trusted support service providers in hopes of breaking into customer networks.
Huntress told FOX Business that she had three partners who were affected, with around 200 crypto client companies.
“We were first notified at 12:35 pm ET today and it has been an evolution across the board to respond and educate the community,” John Hammond, senior security researcher at Huntress, said in a statement.
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Huntress “strongly” believes the ransomware attack was carried out by REvil / Sodinikibi. REvil is the group that was named responsible for yet another massive attack on critical US infrastructure earlier this year.
The hack was first reported by Bloomberg News on Friday.
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Two major ransomware attacks temporarily halted the operations of the world’s largest meat supplier JBS and Colonial Pipeline earlier this year. Both attacks were reportedly carried out by groups with links to Russia.
President Biden said he touched on cyber attacks during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, outlining some critical infrastructure that should be banned.