Cybersecurity company Huntress Labs said 200 American businesses have been hit by ransomware attacks following an incident at U.S. IT firm Kaseya in Miami, Reuters reported.
Kaseya, in a statement posted on its own website, said it is investigating a potential attack on a widely used tool to reach into corporate networks across the United States.
Kaseya said its VSA tool – which is used by IT professionals to monitor and manage servers, desktops, network devices and printers – may have been attacked. Kaseya has 40,000 customers for its products, though not all use the affected tool.
It said it had shut down some of its infrastructure in response and that it was urging customers that used VSA on their premises to immediately turn off their servers.
This is a colossal and devastating supply chain attack, Huntress senior security researcher John Hammond said in an email, referring to an increasingly high profile hacker technique of hijacking one piece of software to compromise hundreds or thousands of users at a time.
Because Kaseya is plugged in to everything from large enterprises to small companies it has the potential to spread to any size or scale business.
Huntress said it believed the Russia-linked REvil ransomware gang – the same group of actors blamed by the FBI for paralyzing meat packer JBS last month – was to blame for the latest ransomware outbreak.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said it was “taking action to understand and address the recent supply-chain ransomware attack” against Kaseya’s VSA product.
Supply chain attacks have crept to the top of the cybersecurity agenda after hackers alleged to be operating at the Russian government’s direction tampered with a network monitoring tool built by Texas software firm SolarWinds.