HACKING – Coop, one of the main supermarket chains in Sweden, announced on Saturday that it was forced to temporarily close its some 800 stores in the country after a cyber attack crippling its checkouts.
LCI editorial staff – 2021-07-03T13:20:37.948+02:00
Since Friday evening, the beep checkouts from hundreds of Coop supermarkets are no longer ringing in Sweden. The Coop group announced on Saturday that it was forced to temporarily close its some 800 stores in the country after a cyberattack that paralyzed its checkouts.
“One of our subcontractors was affected by a computer attack and for this reason our cash registers no longer work”, said in a press release Coop Sweden, which represents about 20% of the sector in the Nordic country. “We regret this situation and are doing everything possible to reopen quickly”, added the cooperative chain.
18 billion dollars paid in 2020 to hackers thanks to “ransomware”
Neither the name of the subcontractor concerned nor the mode of action employed for the cyberattack, which began on Friday evening, has been made public. But the incident comes as a wave of attacks on the “Ransomware” hits economic targets or public services around the world.
These “ransomwares” cripple an organization’s computer system, which is then ordered to transfer funds to hackers to free themselves. According to security firm Emsisoft, at least $ 18 billion was paid to ransomware hackers last year.
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The United States regularly targeted
The United States, for example, has been hit in recent months by a wave of ransomware cyber attacks affecting large companies like JBS and the oil pipeline operator Colonial Pipeline, as well as local communities and hospitals. On Friday again, the American company Kaseya, which provides an IT management tool to many companies, was the subject of a cyberattack that led to ransom demands from 200 of its customers.
Many experts believe that the hackers behind these attacks are based in Russia. Moscow, suspected of covering or even being associated with their activities, denies any involvement. The phenomenon is growing to such an extent that it was one of the main points raised by US President Joe Biden during his meeting in mid-June with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Poutine.
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