Cyber attack: Ukraine points finger at Russian security services over malware virus

Ukraine has accused Russian security services of being involved in a major cyber attack that locked up computers around the world, disrupting businesses from Mumbai to Los Angeles and halting production at a Cadbury factory in Australia.

Key points:

  • Ukraine says the attack bares similarities to other recent cyber attacks by Russia
  • Experts say the ransom was a cover up for the real motive: destruction and disruption
  • The findings chime with those of American and European cyber experts

The Ukrainian security agency, known as the SBU, alleged in a statement that similarities between Tuesday’s malicious software and previous attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure showed the participation of the Russian intelligence services.

The SBU added the attackers appeared uninterested in making a profit from the ransomware program and were more focused on sowing chaos in Ukraine.

Source: Cyber attack: Ukraine points finger at Russian security services over malware virus – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)