US Cloud Hoster Receives Christmas Ransomware 'Gift'

Phil Muncaster | January 04, 2019

US Cloud Hoster Receives Christmas Ransomware 'Gift'
A US cloud services provider has been struggling to shake off a ransomware attack that forced it to shut its network and hire extra help on Christmas Day.There’s no information about the incident on the website of California-based Data Resolution, which apparently serves tens of thousands of customers from its datacenters in the US, Canada, Bermuda and the UK.However, customer updates sent to KrebsOnSecurity indicate that the firm was infected by the Ryuk strain of ransomware on Christmas Eve. The initial attack vector was apparently a compromised user account, with servers soon infected.The firm claimed it was forced to shut down its network to halt the spread of the ransomware, with extra staff hired in to help tackle the incident over the holiday season. However, it’s thought that the attackers were only out to extort the company, rather than looking for data to steal.

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