Cyberattacks hits hundreds of US firms

As per a cybersecurity researcher, ransomware attack had paralysed networks of at least 200 US companies on July 2, 2021.

Key Points

  • REvil gang is a Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate which appears to be behind this attack.
  • Attackers targeted the software supplier called Kaseya using its network-management package to spread ransomware through cloud-service providers.
  • Kaseya handles large enterprise to small businesses globally. Thus, it has the potential to spread to any size or scale business.
  • Such cyber-attacks infiltrate widely used software and spread malware because it is updated automatically.

What is Cyberattack?

It is an attack in computers and computer networks to expose, alter, disable, destroy, steal or gain information by gaining its unauthorized access in order to make unauthorized use of asset. Cyberattack is an offensive maneuver which targets computer information systems. Attacker is a person or process who attempts to access data, functions, or other restricted areas. Cyberattacks is the part of cyberwarfare or cyberterrorism. It can be employed by sovereign states, groups, individuals, society, or organizations. Product that facilitates cyberattack is called cyberweapon.

Range of cyberattacks

Cyberattacks ranges from installing spyware on personal computer to make attempt to destroy infrastructure of country.

How cyberattacks can be prevented?

Cyberattacks can be prevented using User behavior analytics and SIEM. User behavior analytics (UBA) is a cybersecurity process used to detect insider threats, targeted attacks, and financial fraud. Security information and event management (SIEM) is the subsection of computer security where software products & services combine security information management (SIM) and security event management (SEM). SIM & SEM provides real-time analysis of security alerts which are generated by applications and network hardware. SIEM was coined by Mark Nicolett and Amrit Williams in 2005.

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