Hundreds of companies, from Sweden to the US, affected by cyberattacks

The attack was made public on Friday, when Kaseya said she was investigating the possibility that she had been the victim of a cyberattack. The company urged customers using its systems management platform, called the VSA, to immediately shut down their servers to avoid the possibility of being compromised by attackers.

“We are experiencing a potential attack against the VSA that has been limited to a small number of local customers only,” Kaseya posted on his website, referring to organizations that maintain their software on their own sites rather than hosting it in a cloud. supplier. “We are in the process of investigating the root cause of the incident with the utmost vigilance.”

Fred Voccola, Kaseya’s chief executive, said in a statement Saturday that fewer than 40 customers had been affected by the attack, but those customers include so-called managed service providers, which can each provide security and technology tools to dozens. or even hundreds of companies.

That has magnified the severity of the attack, said John Hammond, a researcher at cybersecurity firm Huntress Labs.

“What makes this attack stand out is the leakage effect, from the managed service provider to the small business,” Hammond said. “Kaseya operates from large companies to small companies globally, so ultimately it has the potential to expand to companies of any size or scale.”

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