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July 2, 2021: Sweden’s Largest Supermarket Chain Closes Stores in Ransomware Attack

Coop, one of Sweden’s largest supermarket store chains, has shut down nearly 800 stores across the country after one of its contractors was hit by ransomware in the aftermath of the Kaseya security incident on Friday. The stores were closed after cash registers and self-serving stations went down and prevented Coop employees from processing in-store payments. Stores remained closed for two days.
The incident took place at the same time that a ransomware gang managed to infiltrate its way into the network of Kaseya, a provider of remote management app solutions, and deployed a version of the REvil ransomware to some of Kaseya’s customers, disguised as an update to the VSA software.

February 19, 2022: Axis Communications Hit in Cyberattack

Axis Communications, a Swedish maker of network cameras and other physical security solutions used by government and private sector organizations globally, suffered a cyberattack earlier this month that disrupted its operations, company officials said.
“On the night between Saturday February 19 and Sunday February 20, Axis was the subject of a cyberattack. Using several combinations of social engineering, attackers were able to sign in as a user despite protective mechanisms such as multi-factor authentication,” company officials said in an advisory posted.
“Inside, the attackers used advanced methods to elevate their access and eventually gain access to directory services."

January 1, 2000: Accidental Remote Control

WIZARD SPIDER is a sophisticated eCrime group that has been operating the Ryuk ransomware since August 2018, targeting large organizations for a high-ransom return. This methodology, known as “big game hunting,” signals a shift in operations for WIZARD SPIDER. This actor is a Russia-based criminal group known for the operation of the TrickBot banking malware that had focused primarily on wire fraud in the past.

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