Washington (AFP) – The company Cassia, which was exposed to ransomware attack Nearly 1,500 companies around the world were affected by the process, which led to the closure of hundreds of Swedish supermarket chain Coop.
Miami-based Cassia, which provides information technology services to nearly 40,000 companies around the world, said its customers were the main victims of the attack, whose perpetrators demanded $70 million in bitcoins in exchange for returning stolen data.
“We understand that the total impact affected less than 1,500 companies,” Cassia said on its website late Monday.
The technology company said that only 60 of its customers may have been affected by the ransomware attack, a tactic by which hackers profit by encrypting victims’ data and demanding payments in exchange for access to it.
The attack, which experts believe was carried out by a Russian-speaking hacking group, took advantage of the unique Cassia VSA program that allows companies to manage networks of computers and printers from a single point.
Cassia indicated that it is preparing to launch an additional package of the VSA program for its customers to help them restart their services as soon as possible after testing.
It will be launched 24 hours after Cassia’s servers and software are back in operation, according to the company.
She confirmed that the FBI is cooperating with her to come up with improved security measures for her network and client systems after the attack.
One of the indirect victims of the attack was the Swedish supermarket chain Coop, which has paralyzed its payment machines since Friday, when its IT subcontractor Visma Iscom was hit by a cyber attack.
Cyber security experts have identified companies affected by the attack in at least 17 countries, while the FBI noted that the scale of the attack was so large that “it may not be possible to respond to each individual victim.”