Ukraine says it foiled sec­ond cy­ber­at­tack af­ter po­lice raid

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - RAPHAEL SATTER

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.

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