Ukraine state security service blames Russia for the NotPetya cyber attack

Ukraine's state security service (SBU) said on 1 July that the Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber-attack that hit Ukraine, saying the aim was to destroy important data and spread panic. The SBU also said the attack, which started in Ukraine and spread around the world on 27 June, was by the same hackers who attacked the Ukrainian power grid in December 2016. Ukrainian politicians were quick to blame Russia for Tuesday's attack, but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed "unfounded blanket accusations".

"The available data, including those obtained in cooperation with international antivirus companies, give us reason to believe that the same hacking groups are involved in the attacks, which in December 2016 attacked the financial system, transport and energy facilities of Ukraine using TeleBots and BlackEnergy," the SBU said. "This testifies to the involvement of the special services of Russian Federation in this attack."

The Cyber-attack on 27 June hit computers across the world. India too was affected by the ransomware attack. Russia's biggest oil company, the country's banks, Ukraine's international airport, global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and its terminal at Indian port JNPT (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust) were among the affected places. Multiple sources have also confirmed that NotPetya is designed to wipe data rather than ransom it. Mounting evidence strongly suggests that the malware specifically targeted Ukraine.

With inputs from Reuters 

Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 15:39 PM