Hundreds of U.S. companies have been impacted by a cyberattack carried out on July 2 on Florida-based technology firm Kaseya that experts are calling the largest ransomware case in history.
The perpetrators are demanding $70 million to unlock company data.
During the July 6 press conference, Psaki said companies should not pay ransomware, as it only encourages cybercriminals to continue their actions.
The Kaseya case is at least the third major cybersecurity attack in the past few months on U.S. companies by criminals believed to be residing in Russia. The other attacks on a gasoline pipeline operator and meat supplier caused significant disruption.
Many analysts say the Kremlin blesses or, at best, turns a blind eye to cyberattacks by Russian criminal groups as long as they don’t attack domestic companies.