You might still remember the devastating and one of the most damaging global cyber attacks of 2017 – NotPetya Ransomware attack! It caused massive disruption in Ukraine and across computers globally in June 2017.
Major countries that were hit by NotPetya are United States, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Russia. Like WannaCry Ransomware, the attack had a global reach and impacted organizations worldwide .Until now, no NotPetya Ransomware Removal Tool has been developed. It was initially thought to be the strain of the Petya Ransomware Virus which was discovered in the year 2016 but later it was discovered that NotPetya Ransomware resembles Petya just superficially. It is more dangerous and hence referred to as “NotPetya”.
In 2017, the first to be hit by NotPetya Malware were the banks, Ukrainian government, other financial organizations and airports of Ukraine. The losses which were reported amounted to $ 200-300 million as per Maersk and $300 million as per FedEx.
White House issued a statement on Thursday, February 16, 2018, blaming Russia for the devastating “NotPetya” cyber attack that crippled businesses and infrastructure of paramount importance across the globe. The statement condemned the Russian Military for orchestrating “the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history”.
The following statement was issued by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:
“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 destabilize 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 statement from the White House came few hours after UK accused Russia for its involvement with NotPetya. UK Foreign Office Minister for Cyber Security Lord Tariq Ahmad in a statement said “NotPetya showed a continued disregard for Ukrainian sovereignty… Its reckless release disrupted organizations across Europe costing hundreds of millions of pounds. We call upon Russia to be the responsible member of the international community it claims to be, rather than secretly trying to undermine it.”
Russia has denied the claim, stating that the same was the part of “Russophobic” campaign and that it was being waged by some of the Western countries.
Government of Australia has also joined UK and US by condemning Russia for its role in launching NotPetya Malware Attack on the businesses and the critical infrastructure in June 2017. The statement from the office of Australia’s Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber security, Angus Taylor, read as under:
“Based on advice from Australian intelligence agencies, and thorough consultation with the United States and United Kingdom, the Australian Government has judged that Russian state sponsored actors were responsible for the incident.”
“The Australian Government condemns Russia’s behavior, which posed grave risks to the global economy, to government operations and services, to business activity and the safety and welfare of individuals.”
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