Ukraine says Russia behind global cyber-attack

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has publicly blamed the recent global cyber-attack on Russia and the Kremlin. The SBU stated that the hackers behind the most recent attack are the same as those who conducted an attack on the Ukrainian power grid in December 2016. Experts worldwide are still trying to decide who was behind the most recent attack, which took out computers, disrupted shipping, and hit banks across the globe. Some experts are unsure if the Russians are the ones behind the attack, as Russian oil companies Gazprom and Rosneft both reported that they were affected by the attack. There was a minor ransom demand for $300, but it has been concluded that financial enrichment was not the purpose behind the attack. The SBU stated that "the main purpose of the virus was the destruction of important data, disrupting the work of public and private institutions in Ukraine and spreading panic among the people". While purpose of the recent attack was directed against financial institutions, it quickly spread to other sectors.

Cyber warfare continues to be one of the most common kinds of attack being used by countries in the current day and age. Russia has been accused for many of the attacks, which has led to repercussions across the globe. In May Ukraine imposed sanctions against a handful of Russian tech companies in retaliation for cyber attacks, raising the total number of firms sanctioned to over 400. Though many attacks are difficult to pinpoint who was the actual culprit, there are typically signs of where the attacks originated. In May cyber-security researchers said that they found indicators pointing to North Korea being behind an attack that month that affected over 300,000 computers across the globe. The most notorious cyber attack in the recent past was the alleged Russian attempt to disrupt and influence the US election. In March, the US Justice Department announced indictments against four Russian individuals in connection with the hacking of email accounts.

Fro Jurist, July 2. Used with permission.

Note: Investigators have linked the same hackers behind the December Ukraine attack to the hack of the US Democratic Party leadership.