The Australian government has joined the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom in condemning Russia’s use of the ‘NotPetya’ malware to attack critical infrastructure and businesses in June 2017, as Australia’s Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor said in a statement.
“Based on advice from Australian intelligence agencies, and through consultation with the United States and United Kingdom, the Australian Government has judged that Russian state sponsored actors were responsible for the incident,” he wrote.
“The Australian Government condemns Russia’s behaviour, which posed grave risks to the global economy, to government operations and services, to business activity and the safety and welfare of individuals,” the statement said.
Previously the White House, the Foreign Ministry of the UK, and Danish Minister of Defense Claus Hjort Frederiksen had publicly accused Russia of NotPetya cyberattack.Russia called the accusations ungrounded and not proven.
As it was reported earlier, on July 27 a large-scale cyber attack hit dozens of companies and enterprises across Ukraine, having contaminated a few ministries and the Boryspil Airport, among others.