Foreign Office: 'Russia was behind Ukraine cyber-attack'


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.

This isn't the first time that the United Kingdom gov has pointed the finger of blame in Russian Federation.

The ransomware attack contaminated thousands of computers worldwide, particularly affecting multinational companies and critical infrastructure, such as radiation monitors at the old Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the ports of Mumbai and Amsterdam.

According to estimates, companies lost more than $1.2bn due to this attack.

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"We have entered a new era of warfare, witnessing a destructive and deadly mix of conventional military might and malicious cyber attacks", Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said.

A number of European companies were badly affected, including Britain-based consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser, which said its manufacturing output and shipping capacity were disrupted for up to two months and contributed to a fall in revenues. It spread to companies that do business with Ukraine, including US pharmaceutical company Merck, Danish shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk and FedEx subsidiary TNT.

"The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise, but its objective was principally to disrupt", the British Foreign Office said.

The UK government took the unusual step of publicly accusing Moscow of the NotPetya ransomware attack in June, which primarily targeted the Ukrainian financial, energy and government sectors. "Its reckless release disrupted organisations across Europe costing hundreds of millions of pounds", Lord Ahmad added.

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The attack was created to spread further and affected European and Russian companies.

Prime minister Theresa May had previously accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of "attempting to sow discord" by interfering in the political processes of other nations.

"The Kremlin has positioned Russian Federation in direct opposition to the West yet it doesn't have to be that way", Ahmad continues his denunciatory message.

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