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Technology US, UK say Russia behind 'most destructive' cyberattack ever

23:47  15 february  2018
23:47  15 february  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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US : Russia 's NotPetya the most destructive cyberattack ever . Both the US and the UK attributed last year’s NotPetya attack to the Russian military. UK officials say Russia was behind the NotPetya, aka GoldenEye, ransomware attack .

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The US and UK governments have attributed a massive ransomware attack from 2017 to the Russian military.

The NotPetya ransomware targeted companies in Ukraine, attacking its government, financial and energy institutions last June. It ended up causing collateral damage to global companies with offices in Ukraine, including Maersk, FedEx and Merck. The cyberattack ended up costing Maersk up to $300 million in lost revenue.

The Trump Administration released a statement on Thursday calling it the "most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history," noting that it caused billions of dollars of damage in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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The cyberattack wound up costing Maersk up to 0 million in lost income. The Trump Administration discharged an announcement on Thursday calling it the “ most dangerous and expensive digital assault ever ,” taking note of that it caused billions of dollars of Tagscyber attack Russia tech news UK US .

The White House confirmed that Russia was behind a worldwide cyberattack that took place in June of last year. It said that attack "will be met with international consequences.” The White House called the NotPetya attack "the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history."

"The Kremlin has positioned Russia in direct opposition to the West, yet it doesn't have to be that way," said Tariq Ahmad, foreign office minister for cybersecurity. "We call upon Russia to be the responsible member of the international community it claims to be rather than secretly trying to undermine it."

Ahmad said Russia's "reckless" attack showed a "continued disregard for Ukrainian sovereignty" and cost organizations across Europe hundreds of millions of pounds.

The Trump Administration said the attack was part of the Kremlin's efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

"This was also a reckless and indiscriminate cyber-attack that will be met with international consequences," a statement from the White House press secretary stated.

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UK officials say Russia was behind the NotPetya, aka GoldenEye, ransomware attack . Therefore, it is more accurate to describe this attack as destructive than as ransomware,” the UK ’s National Cyber Security Centre said in its statement.

The Ukraine government said it found evidence linking the attack to Russian hackers in July. UK officials also noted that the hackers used ransomware as a disguise for an attack clearly meant to destroy data and cause chaos.

"The malware was not designed to be decrypted. This meant that there was no means for victims to recover data once it had been encrypted. Therefore, it is more accurate to describe this attack as destructive than as ransomware," the UK's National Cyber Security Centre said in its statement.

This is only the second time the agency has attributed an attack to a nation-state. The first was when the NCSC attributed the WannaCry ransomware attack to North Korea

Updated at 1:12 p.m. PT: To include the White House's statements on NotPetya.

UK officials said Russia was behind the NotPetya ransomware attack. © Provided by CNET UK officials said Russia was behind the NotPetya ransomware attack.

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