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SBU announces Russian special services' involvement in Petya.A virus attack
16:48, 1 July 2017
SBU announces Russian special services' involvement in Petya.A virus attack

Ukrainian Security Service believes that the same hacker groups that in December 2016 attacked the financial system, transport and energy facilities of Ukraine using TeleBots and Blackenergy are involved in the attacks

16:48, 1 July 2017

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The special services of the Russian Federation are involved in the cyber attack, which began on June 27, 2017 on the computer systems of Ukrainian state and private institutions and companies with the help of the malicious software Petya.A. This was reported by the press service of the Security Council of Ukraine.

"The available data, including those materials obtained in the framework of interaction with international anti-virus companies, give grounds to believe that the same hacker groups that in December 2016 attacked the financial system, transport and energy facilities of Ukraine using TeleBots and Blackenergy are involved in the attacks. This proves the involvement of special services of the Russian Federation in this attack, "it was reported.

The Security Service previously noted that the virus infection was planned and implemented in advance and operated in several stages on the eve of the national state holiday.

"Despite the fact that the cyber attack takes the form of a common virus such as ransomeware (software for extorting money) created to enrich the attackers, in fact the virus is a cover for a large-scale attack directed at Ukraine, as evidenced by the lack of a real mechanism for capturing funds, which primitiveness only Confirms the opinion that enrichment was not the goal of the attack, "it was reported.

According to the special services, the cyber attack was aimed at destabilizing the socio-political situation in Ukraine.

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