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Software vendor caught up in ransomware attack obtains decryptor key

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Kaseya, the software firm whose remote access tool was used to deliver REvil ransomware to hundreds of businesses around the world this month in a devastating supply-chain attack, has obtained a decryptor key allowing it to unlock networks seized by the malware, the company confirmed to CNN Business.

(CNN Business)Kaseya, the software firm whose remote access tool was used to deliver REvil ransomware to hundreds of businesses around the world this month in a devastating supply-chain attack, has obtained a decryptor key allowing it to unlock networks seized by the malware, the company confirmed to CNN Business.

Kaseya is currently helping to restore the systems of customers whose networks were still locked down by REvil's software, it said.

"I can confirm we have received a decryptor and are currently working to assist the customers impacted by the attack," said Kaseya spokesperson Dana Liedholm.

We have confirmed the key is effective at unlocking victims and will continue to provide support to Kaseya and its customers," Callow told CNN.

The Kaseya attack has been called one of the largest ransomware attacks in history.

On July 2, hackers affiliated with REvil — a cybercriminal gang that is believed to operate out of Eastern Europe or Russia — used Kaseya's remote management tools to deliver malicious software to Kaseya's customers that encrypted their data and locked them out.

When the support firms were hit, their own customers were also affected, prompting Kaseya to estimate later that as many as 1,500 organizations worldwide may have been compromised by the ransomware.

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