UK and USA Attribute Destructive NotPetya Cyber Assault to Russia
Britain recently declared that Russian government was behind a worldwide cyber assault which chiefly struck businesses within Europe during 2017. The country blamed Moscow of using information as a weapon within one fresh type of warfare.
According to Tariq Ahmad, Foreign Minister, the government of United Kingdom considers the government of Russia, in particular the country's military, as being behind the damaging cyber assault based on NotPetya in June last year.
The minister describing the assault "reckless" said it cost organizations massive amounts of dollars. Gavin Williamson Defence Secretary of Britain blamed Russia of attacking critical infrastructure which caused harm to livelihoods; undermining democracy; and using information as a weapon by carrying out malware-laced cyber assaults. Thehindu.com posted this, February 15, 2018.
Beginning in Ukraine, the NotPetya cyber assault crippled the government as well as business computers there and then spread all over Europe along with other countries. Apparently, the attack cost companies losses of over $1.2bn. Many businesses in Europe were severely impacted, of which Reckitt Benckiser a consumer goods manufacturer in Britain reported disruption in its production volume along with shipping capacity for a maximum of 2 months that led to decline in revenues.
The attack also struck Rosneft the state oil enterprise of Russia and Merck the pharmaceutical giant of USA. Foreign Office minister in-charge of cyber security Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon stated the move for blaming Russia openly for the NotPetya disaster underscored that UK wouldn't tolerate harmful cyber operations.
According to him, the United Kingdom government considers the Government of Russia in particular the country's military, as behind the damaging cyber assault involving NotPetya. The assault demonstrated constant ignorance of Ukrainian sovereignty. And because it was released in a reckless manner, it disabled organizations all over Europe resulting in losses of uncountable pounds.
Britain is spotting, persistently watching and dealing with malware-based cyber operations no matter its place of origin, imposing expenses onto anybody trying to do the country wrong.
In his warning Mr. Williamson said the Western nations had stepped into one new age of conflict, experiencing one lethal combination of traditional military strength as well as malware-based cyber assaults.
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