Britain blames Russian Federation directly for NotPetya 'ransomware' cyber attack on Ukraine

Britain blames Russian Federation directly for NotPetya 'ransomware' cyber attack on Ukraine

British officials said the attack was aimed at Ukrainian financial, energy, and government sectors.

Ahmad said London judged that the one behind the attack was "specifically the Russian military" and called on the Kremlin to stop positioning Russia in conflict with the West. Ahmad appeared to link the attack to a "continued disregard for Ukrainian sovereignty" by the Russian government, referring to the prolonged military confrontation in the former Soviet state.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday Russia categorically denies allegations from a British official that Russia was responsible for the "NotPetya" cyber-attack past year.

"The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise, but its objective was principally to disrupt", the British Foreign Office said. It costs hundreds of millions of pounds to organizations across Europe.

Shipping container firm Maersk, FedEx's Dutch delivery subsidiary TNT Express, and United Kingdom firm Reckitt Benckiser were among global firms that suffered severe disruptions and several hundred million dollars in lost revenue.

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A surge in anti-government protests in Kiev toppled a pro-Russian president in 2014, triggering immediate armed response from Russia, as its forces annexed Crimea in the south and continue to back an insurgency in Ukraine's east.

Maersk, which used MEDoc at its Ukraine offices, recently revealed it was forced to reinstall 45,000 PCs, 4,000 servers and 2,000 applications hit by NotPetya. A derivative of the WannaCry ransomware attack, it spread to numerous organisations around the world from Kiev airport to the port of Mumbai.

Minister Ahmad said the Kremlin had "positioned Russian Federation in direct opposition to the West", but that the country could still "be the responsible member of the worldwide community that it claims to be rather than secretly trying to undermine it". "Its indiscriminate design caused it to spread further, affecting other European and Russian business", the UK Foreign Office claims.

Britain blamed Russian Federation on Thursday for a cyber-attack a year ago, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser (RB.L).

"It doesn't have to be that way".

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