Were You Hit in the Kaseya Ransomware Attack? NSA Offers Next Steps
As many as 1,500 businesses may have been impacted by the recent cyberattack on software firm Kaseya VSA – possibly the largest ransomware attack in history. As a response, the U.S. government has outlined a series of resources and advice for those affected.
On July 2, hackers compromised Kaseya, a Miami-based tech services company with tens of thousands of client organizations worldwide. Since many of these clients who received ransomware threats (ranging from $45,000 to $5 million in cryptocurrency) are managed service providers – providing tech support to other companies – the cascading effects of the attack could be counted in the millions.
The response from Kaseya chief executive Fred Voccola, via YouTube video to customers: “It totally sucks. If I was you, I’d be very, very frustrated, and you should be.”
Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger pointed those impacted toward these resources:
“We urge anyone who believes their systems have been compromised in the Kaseya ransomware incident to immediately report to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://www.IC3.gov. The FBI and CISA will reach out to identified victims to provide assistance based upon an assessment of national risk. We also urge you to immediately follow the guidance from Kaseya including shutting down your VSA servers and implementing CISA’s and FBI’s mitigation techniques.”