World Justice Department says hackers struck 27 US attorneys’ offices around US
IT Company Kaseya with key for infested computers
Berlin. Around three weeks after the cyber attack on customers of the IT company Kaseya, the encrypted computers can be unlocked. Kaseya now has a general key - for which the hackers originally wanted 70 million dollars. Where he comes from, remains unclear. © Jonas Ekstromer The Swedish supermarket group Coop had to close several hundred shops at the beginning of July because of the hacker attack.
In a statement issued Friday, the U.S.updated details about that struck the offices of federal prosecutors around the country in December 2020.
According to the statement, the email accounts of one or more employees at U.S. attorneys’ offices in 15 states plus thewere affected by the intrusion into those offices’ SolarWinds network-management technology.
New York state saw four separate offices affected; Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania each saw three offices affected; California and Virginia two each; while nine states and the District of Columbia were each struck in one office, according to the statement.
Hacked US tech firm secures tool to restore services
A US tech firm hit by a massive ransomware attack said it had obtained a decryption tool that allows it to unlock networks for the approximately 1,500 businesses affected. Miami-based Kaseya shut down its servers after the July 2 attack that affected businesses from pharmacies to gas stations in at least 17 countries and forced most of Sweden's 800 Coop supermarkets to lock their doors for days. "We can confirm that Kaseya obtained the tool from a third party and have teams actively helping customers affected by the ransomware to restore their environments," Kaseya said in a statement released Thursday.
The nine states were Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Vermont and Washington, the statement said.
The same attack also affected private-sector targets, the Justice Department said, but its statement did not mention those targets by name.
The Justice Department said its investigation was treating the attack as if the perpetrators gained broad access to emails and attachments in the employees’ accounts. Justice said it believes the perpetrators had access to the email data between May 7 and Dec. 27 of 2020.
The compromised data included all sent, received and stored messages, as well as attachments, the Justice Department statement said.
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President Joe Biden told U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday that he thinks a cyber breach could lead to a “shooting war” with a major global power. “I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up—if we end up in a war, a real shooting war, with a major power—it's going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence,” Biden said during a visit to the Office of the Direct of National Intelligence, according to a recording of his visit. Biden did not clarify how the U.S. measures a breach “of great consequence,” but his remarks come after a series of Russian ransomware attacks and other cyberattacks have hit U.S. government and private sector entities.
The attack likely helped the attackers gain access to the accounts of at least 80% of the employees working for the federal prosecutors,.
The Justice Department said it has provided guidance for its personnel to help them recognize cyberthreats.
In December, SolarWinds, based in Austin, Texas, notified about 33,000 of its customers that an "outside nation state" – believed to be Russia – had found a back-door route of entry into its Orion network management product. The alleged breach was spotted by FireEye, a cybersecurity firm that was among the affected SolarWinds customers,.
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