Ukraine blames cy­ber­at­tack on Rus­sia

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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