‘Over 1,000 businesses’ potentially affected by US cyberattack: Specialist firm

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A ransomware attack launched hours before the US Independence Day holiday weekend potentially affected 1,000 businesses, researchers said Saturday.

Information technology company Kaseya confirmed Friday that its “VSA” software – used to manage and monitor computers remotely – had been targeted but said it had limited the attack to “a very small percentage of our customers” who use the tools.

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The software, however, was manipulated “to encrypt more than 1,000 companies,” cybersecurity specialist Huntress Labs said on Saturday.

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