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Cloud provider Data Resolution claimed North Korea was behind the ransomware attack on its systems on Christmas Eve.
According to cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs, Data Resolution was infected with the Ryuk ransomware, which is the same ransomware thought to be behind the attacks on Tribune Publishing Company's network, which disrupted the publication of newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune late last week. Krebs reported the attack on Data Resolution temporarily gave the threat actors control of the cloud provider's data center domain.
Data Resolution has over 30,000 customers worldwide and provides businesses with software hosting, cloud computing, data center services and business continuity systems. The cloud provider, which is based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., hasn't made a public statement about the attack yet, but Krebs reported the company notified affected customers on Dec. 29 via a status update on Dropbox. The update said the Ryuk ransomware attack happened on Christmas Eve, with a point of origin of North Korea. "We all were attacked by North Korea," the customer notification said.
Data Resolution's customer notification said there is no evidence that any data was stolen or compromised and that the attack was meant to garner a monetary response from the company, and not to steal customer information. The notification also said the company shut down the network and hired security consultants the next day.
According to anonymous sources cited in a Los Angeles Times report, the Ryuk ransomware was also behind the Tribune Publishing attack over the weekend. Ryuk was initially detailed in August 2018 by security vendor Check Point Software Technologies, which said the strain of ransomware had low technical capabilities, but was used in targeted attacks that were successful in getting its victims to pay large ransoms.
According to Krebs, a source at a Data Resolution customer said that Data Resolution did not attempt to pay the ransom and instead relied on restoring systems from backups.
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