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Ryuk ransomware strikes again

Ransomware believed to have halted printing presses at American newspapers last weekend also struck cloud hosting provider Data Resolution.

Brian Krebs writes that the hosting provider has struggled to bring systems back online since the attack started on Christmas Eve.

Data Resolution provides hosting for business and government agencies serving 30,000 businesses worldwide. A small player compared to Amazon and Google.

It’s understood that Ryuk was introduced into their network through a compromised login account, raising questions about Data Resolution’s security overall and that of smaller cloud hosting providers in general.

Kreb’s points out that “cloud providers represent an especially attractive target for ransomware attacks because they store vast amounts of data for other companies.”

Christmas and New Year are lucrative times for cyber attacks as attackers know most companies and businesses will be working with fewer staff.

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