The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for a massive cyber attack known as “NotPetya” that wreaked havoc around the globe, joining the UK in publicly rebuking the country and hinting that more consequences could possibly follow.
The US administration statement said:
“In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyber attack in history. The attack, dubbed ‘NotPetya,’ quickly spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilise Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ongoing conflict. This was also a reckless and indiscriminate cyber attack that will be met with international consequences.”
The condemnation follows a similar statement from the UK Foreign Office, publicly attributing the attack to the Russian government in an effort to underline “the fact that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity.”
A spokesman for Russia’s president, Dmitry Peskov, told the state news agency that they “strongly reject such accusations, we consider them to be groundless, they are part of the similarly groundless campaign based on hatred against Russia.”
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