Over the 4th of July holiday weekend, an affiliate of the Russia-linked criminal syndicate known as REvil succeeded in executing the single largest global ransomware attack on record with over one million firms affected worldwide. As a result of the intrusion, thousands of companies have reduced or entirely ceased operation. For example:
- Swedish grocery chain Coop was forced to close over 800 stores;
- Fujifilm shut down parts of its global network, as the company has been unable to accept or process orders; and
- Groupo Fleury, a Brazilian medical diagnostic company with over 10,000 employees, disclosed that its processing systems are currently unavailable worldwide.