The FBI deliberately delayed the release of a digital key for nearly three weeks that would have helped the victims of a ransomware attack on Kaseya, according to the Washington Post. The FBI was working with other unnamed agencies on an operation to counter REvil, the Russian hacker group responsible for the attack.
- REvil-operated websites went dark in mid-July before the FBI could carry out its operation.
- The ransomware attack occurred in early July and impacted up to 1,500 companies.
- Analysts say deploying the key earlier would have saved millions of dollars in recovery costs.
- New Zealand-based Emsisoft developed a digital key for Kaseya on July 20.
- REvil wanted Kaseya to pay a $70M ransom for the digital key.