Fujifilm becomes latest ransomware victim as White House urges business leaders to take action
Japanese conglomerate Fujifilm announced that it is suffering from a ransomware attack, becoming the latest victim of cyberattackers who in the last week alone have crippled everything from the largest meat processor in the US to the ferry system serving Martha’s Vineyard.
In a statement, the company said it was investigating unauthorized access to its servers and had no choice but to shut down its network. On Tuesday evening, the company said it became aware that it was being hit with ransomware and spent the last two days trying to “determine the extent and the scale of the issue.”
REvil caused outrage again this weekend after they were implicated in a ransomware attack on JBS, one of the world’s largest meat processors and a company providing about one-fourth of the beef and pork in the US. They previously shut down Colonial Pipeline, causing gas shortages on the East Coast and national outrage that sparked more stringent cybersecurity guidelines for pipelines.
Due to the increasing number of attacks, The White House released an open letter on Thursday titled, “What We Urge You To Do To Protect Against The Threat of Ransomware” from Anne Neuberger, deputy assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology.
Despite the startling increase in ransomware attacks in the last few months, Neuberger touted the White House’s efforts to deal with the crisis, noting that the US government is currently “disrupting ransomware networks, working with international partners to hold countries that harbor ransomware actors accountable, developing cohesive and consistent policies towards ransom payments and enabling rapid tracing and interdiction of virtual currency proceeds.”
Tony Cole, CTO of Attivo Networks and a former executive at FireEye, McAfee, and Symantec, told ZDNet that there were a variety of reasons behind the recent spate of ransomware attacks. Enterprises have an over-reliance on vendors and in general, organizations continue to add digital tools to their operations which increases the complexity of work for cybersecurity officials.
Cole, who previously worked as a cyber operator for the US Army, added that there is a general lack of cyber defenders with the needed skill sets to keep organizations safe as well as systems that prevent privilege escalation.
“No solution is perfect, and attackers will get into the enterprise if they are determined enough with the resources to back their efforts,” Cole said. “Organizations must understand that they can’t prevent all attacks.”
Read the full article at ZDNet.
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