The Russian hacker group Akira attacked the server rooms of the Finnish IT services provider Tietoevry, the company announced on Monday. In Sweden, as a result of criminals’ actions, the IT systems of cinema chains, shops and some offices are not functioning.
Tietoevra’s representative, Alexandra Kaernlund, emphasized that, in accordance with the company’s policy, the ransom demanded by the hackers for help in repairing the damage will not be paid. The attack was reported to law enforcement authorities.
Russian hackers attack
The first problems for Tietoevra’s customers occurred on Saturday. In the largest village Sweden The Filmstaden cinema chain experienced a failure in its ticket reservation and payment system. In the case of Rust interior design stores and Stadium sports equipment stores, the glitch prevented online shopping. However, Granngarden garden stores have been closed until further notice. On Monday, it turned out that some offices and universities also use Tietoevry’s software. Problems were reported by, among others: authorities of the Uppsala region, the municipality of Vellinge (the website is not working) and the University of Karlstad (the payroll system). According to the “Aftonbladet” newspaper, hackers also took over payment data for 60,000 people. public sector employees.
Another attack by Russian hackers in the region
Last week in Finland the state body Cybersecurity Center warned against attacks by the Akira group using ransomware. Hacker viruses from this group were first detected in Finland in June 2023, and their activity increased towards the end of the year. According to online threat expert Mattias Wahlen, quoted by the newspaper “Svenska Dagbladet”, Akira is a group of affiliated Russia people who benefit from the support of this state or whose activities are tolerated by the authorities as long as they are directed against Ukraine or the West. Tietoevry is headquartered in Helsinki and also operates on the Swedish market. At the end of last year, the system used by the Lutheran Church of Sweden fell victim to a cyberattack by the Blackcat group.
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