Huntress Labs, the Ellicott City, Maryland-based cybersecurity firm said late on Friday that more than 200 US businesses might be hit with a ransomware attack following a breach at US IT firm Kaseya in Miami, Florida, marking up the latest in a series of cyberattacks which have been taking down a number of top-tier corporate giants over recent past.
On top of that, Kaseya, the Miami-based IT firm which has been at the centre of the ransomware attack, had said in a statement posted on its website that it had been probing into a ‘potential attack’ on its widely used VSA tool that could have granted attackers an access into a swathe of corporate networks across the United States.
Besides, Kaseya had added in the statement that its VSA tool has been widely used among IT professionals to manage and monitor servers alongside desktops, printers and network devices and the Miami-based IT firm had closed some of its infrastructure in order to limit the extent of damage and urged the customers who had been using the VSA tool to immediately shut down their servers.
Kaseya has more than 40,000 customers across the United States.
200-plus US businesses hit by ransomware attack after Florida IT firm breach
Meanwhile, addressing to an increase in the uses of high-profile hacking techniques which had been enabling attackers to gain access into hundreds of thousands of users at a time by compromising a single piece of a software, a security researcher John Hammond said in an email following the breach, “This is a colossal and devastating supply chain attack…because Kaseya is connected to everything ranging from large enterprises to small companies, it has the potential to spread to any size or scale business”.