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UK officially accuses Russian army of cyber-attack of NotPetya virus

Almost three-quarters of the cases were spotted in Ukraine
09:49, 15 February 2018

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The Foreign Ministry of the UK publicly accused the Russian army of the cyber-attack of Not Petya virus that took place last June and infected thousands of computers all over the world as BBC reported.

'The UK government judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber attack', Tariq Ahmad, the Deputy Secretary for Foreign Affairs claimed.

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Almost three-quarters of the cases were spotted in Ukraine. In the NotPetya attack, businesses which strong trade links with Ukraine, such as Reckitt Benckister, Dutch delivery firm TNT and Danish shipping giant Maersk were badly affected. According to Ahmad, the attack was disguised as an attempt of the interference into the business-processes; however, its aim was the dysfunction of the organizations and companies in Europe. The main aim also was the financial, energy and governmental sectors of Ukraine.

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'This attack showed the persistent disregard of the sovereignty of Ukraine. Its reckless release disrupted organizations across Europe costing hundreds of millions of pounds'.

As it was reported earlier, on June 27 a large-scale cyber attack hit dozens of companies and enterprises across Ukraine

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