Rus­sia ‘to blame for cy­ber’ at­tack

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BRI­TAIN has pub­licly blamed the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment for a cy­ber at­tack which tar­geted Ukraine and spread across Europe last year.

The NotPetya at­tack’s pri­mary tar­gets were the Ukrainian fi­nan­cial, en­ergy and gov­ern­ment sec­tors but it was de­signed to spread fur­ther and af­fected other Euro­pean and Rus­sian firms in June 2017.

Ukraine has been locked in a sim­mer­ing con­flict with Rus­sian­backed sep­a­ratists since Moscow an­nexed Crimea in 2014.

For­eign min­is­ter for cy­ber se­cu­rity Lord Ah­mad of Wim­ble­don said the UK’s de­ci­sion to iden­tify the Krem­lin as re­spon­si­ble to the at­tack un­der­lines the fact the Gov­ern­ment will not tol­er­ate “ma­li­cious cy­ber ac­tiv­ity”.

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