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10 Big Things To Know About The Kaseya Cyberattack

Michael Novinson

From the largest ransom demand of all-time to a potentially linked attack on Microsoft cloud customer apps via Synnex to how this hack was nearly avoided altogether, here are 10 things to know about the Kaseya cyberattack.

6. U.S., Russian Officials To Talk Ransomware Next Week

Ransomware attacks on U.S. businesses like Kaseya will be discussed at a meeting of senior U.S. and Russian officials next week, according to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “If the Russian government cannot or will not take action against criminal actors residing in Russia, we will take action, or reserve the right to take action, on our own,“ Psaki told the press Tuesday, Reuters reported.

Psaki said President Joe Biden (pictured) would meet with officials from the Justice Department, State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the intelligence community on Wednesday to discuss ransomware and U.S. efforts to counter it. Psaki said that while the Biden administration discourages ransom payments, questions about decisions made in this particular case should be directed to Kaseya.

A U.S. official told Politico Tuesday the Kaseya attack probably didn’t cross any Biden administration red lines, both because it didn’t appear to target critical infrastructure and because there was no clear link to the Kremlin. But this official also said the Biden administration needs to be clearer with the Russians about what its red lines truly are.

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