Kindergartens switch to pen and paper after global Kaseya ransomware attack


Hundreds of organizations around the world were affected by the Kaseya cyberattack, including at least 11 schools in New Zealand. Photo / 123RF

Through RNZ

More than 100 preschools in the lower North Island are now using pen and paper due to a global ransomware attack on Kaseya software.

Free Kindergarten Association Whānau Manaaki executive director Amanda Coulston said her IT vendor told her about the cyberattack on Saturday.

Kaseya provides IT management software for managed service providers and small and medium businesses.

Coulston said all member kindergartens – just over 100 – had been warned to keep their laptops and computers turned off, while they checked to see if any data had been accessed.

Hundreds of organizations around the world have also been affected, including at least 11 schools in New Zealand.

Computer scientists warned this morning that the extent of the damage was not yet visible.

U.S. cybersecurity teams have been working feverishly to stem the impact of the largest global ransomware attack on record, the AP reported today.

An affiliate of the notorious Russian gang REvil, best known for extorting $ 15.6 million (US $ 11 million) from the multinational meat-processing company JBS after an attack on May 1 of this year, on Saturday infected thousands of victims in at least 17 countries, cybersecurity researchers said. . They have reported ransom demands of up to $ 5 million.

– RNZ

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