Ukraine says it foiled second cyberattack after police raid
Ukraine has dodged a second cyberattack, officials said Wednesday, suggesting the digital campaign that paralyzed computers across the country and around the world is still ongoing.
Ukraine is still trying to find its feet after up to hundreds of businesses and government agencies were hit by an explosion of data-scrambling software June 27.
In a Facebook post, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said there was a second stage to that attack, timed to hit its peak at 4 p.m. in Ukraine on July 4.
Avakov said the second strike — like the first one — originated from servers at the Ukrainian tax software company M.E. Doc, which sheds a little more light on Tuesday’s heavily armed raid on M.E. Doc’s office and the seizure of its servers. Video released Wednesday showed men in camouflage carrying assault-style weapons storming the company’s modest offices in Kyiv as office workers calmly watched them. Police spokesperson Yulia Kvitko said there were no arrests.
“We prevented the initiation of the second wave of viruses,” Yaroslav Trakalo, another police spokesperson, said in the video released Wednesday.
He said investigators have already found “evidence of Russian presence on these servers.”
Ukraine has blamed the Kremlin for the attack that sowed chaos.