Hackers seek $70 million in return of data for top worldwide companies under ransomware attack

Hundreds of companies worldwide were impacted by a mass ransomware attack late on Sunday. Hackers have demanded $70 million for the return of the data they are holding ransom, according to a posting on a dark web forum. Additionally, REvil, a Russian-linked cybercrime gang that ranks among the most prolific cyber extortionists, posted the demand on its blog.

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Records Future cybersecurity expert Allan Liska noted that the message “was almost certainly” from REvil’s executive leadership. Moreover, in a series of increasingly attention-grabbing hacks, REvil’s ransomware attack was one of the most dramatic. They breached some of Kaseya’s clients’ accounts, setting off a chain reaction that paralyzed hundreds of firms worldwide.

Source: Reuters