One of the largest ransomware attacks in history spread worldwide on Saturday. Between other companies, the Swedish Coop grocery store chain was forced to close all 800 of its stores because it could not operate its cash registers. The Swedish State Railways and a major local pharmacy chain were also affected.Thousands of small companies might have been hit. In a statement late on Saturday, the FBI said it was investigating in coordination with the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Payments of millions of dollars were asked as ransom. “What we are seeing now in terms of victims is likely just the tip of the iceberg,” said Adam Meyers, senior vice president of security company CrowdStrike. President Joe Biden was informed and said on Saturday he has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to investigate who was behind the attack.
It’s supposed that the group Revil, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, has focused attacks on Kaseya VSA software, based in Dublin, Ireland, with a U.S. headquarters in Miami. used by large companies and technology-service providers to manage and distribute software updates to systems on computer networks. The incident may have infected as many as 40,000 computers world-wide, according to cybersecurity experts. Joe Biden has said his government is not sure who was behind the major ransomware attack. Kaseya CEO Fred Voccola said in a statement that the company believes it has identified the source of the vulnerability. The federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a statement that it is closely monitoring the situation and working with the FBI to collect more information about its impact.