Ukraine blames cyberattack on Russia
MOSCOW — Ukraine accused the Russian security services Saturday of planning and launching a cyberattack that locked up computers across the world.
The Ukrainian security agency, known as the SBU, said in a statement that similarities between the malicious software and previous attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure revealed the work of Russian intelligence services.
The SBU added that the attackers appeared uninterested in making a profit from the ransomware program and were more focused on sowing chaos in Ukraine.
There was no immediate official response from the Russian government, but Russian lawmaker Igor Morozov told the RIA Novosti news agency that the Ukrainian charges were “fiction” and that the attacks were likely the work of the United States.
Ukraine was the country most affected by the attack by a strain of malware known by names including NotPetya.
Cybersecurity outfits have publicly tied the NotPetya malware to hacking groups that many experts believe are linked to Russian intelligence operations.