Charges planned in cy­ber­at­tack

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

KIEV, Ukraine — The small Ukrainian tax soft­ware com­pany that is ac­cused of be­ing pa­tient zero in a dam­ag­ing global cy­berepi­demic is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and will face charges, the head of Ukraine’s cy­berpo­lice sug­gested Mon­day.

Col. Ser­hiy De­my­diuk, the head of Ukraine’s na­tional cy­berpo­lice unit, said Kiev-based M.E. Doc’s em­ploy­ees had blown off re­peated warn­ings about the se­cu­rity of their in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in­fras­truc­ture.

De­my­diuk and other of­fi­cials say last week’s un­usu­ally dis­rup­tive cy­ber­at­tack was mainly spread through a ma­li­cious up­date to M.E. Doc’s epony­mous tax soft­ware pro­gram, which is widely used by ac­coun­tants and busi­nesses across Ukraine.

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