Hack traced to Ukrainian soft­ware man­u­fac­turer

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

MI­CROSOFT cy­ber­se­cu­rity an­a­lysts and Ukrainian po­lice said the global hack that had dis­rupted com­pa­nies across the globe could be traced to a Ukrainian ac­count­ing soft­ware pro­ducer called M.E.Doc.

The cy­ber­crime unit of the Ukrainian po­lice said a soft­ware up­grade from M.E.Doc un­wit­tingly con­tained the virus. Mi­crosoft said in a blog post that the ini­tial in­fec­tion “ap­pears to in­volve a soft­ware sup­ply-chain threat in­volv­ing the Ukrainian com­pany M.E.Doc” and that it had ev­i­dence that some ac­tive in­fec­tions started from the soft­ware­maker’s up­dates.

Aleks Gostev, Kasper­sky Lab’s chief se­cu­rity ex­pert, also said M.E.Doc ap­peared to be the source of the mal­ware.

M.E.Doc did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment. In a Face­book post, the com­pany said “ma­jor an­tivirus com­pa­nies” had vet­ted its soft­ware and that it had no re­spon­si­bil­ity for spread­ing the virus. The com­pany said like other vic­tims, some of its ser­vices had been af­fected. The at­tack on Tues­day popped up in govern­ment sys­tems in Kiev, then dis­abled op­er­a­tions at com­pa­nies in­clud­ing the Ch­er­nobyl nu­clear fa­cil­ity.

The hack quickly spread from Rus­sia and Ukraine, through Europe and into the US and Asia.

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