Foreign Office Minister condemns Russian Federation for NotPetya attacks

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Russia has denied responsibility for the NotPetya attack in the past and has pointed out that Russian companies were among those affected.

The UK government has directly accused Russian Federation of being behind the so called NotPetya ransomware attack past year - which quickly spread around the globe, including affecting businesses in Spain, France and India, demanding payment in Bitcoin to unlock infected machines.

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) today revealed it came to the same conclusion, noting that the malware was only masquerading as ransomware and its main goal was to disrupt.

He added: "The UK government judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber attack".

"The UK's National Cyber Security Centre assesses that the Russian military was nearly certainly responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyber-attack of June 2017".

Moscow previously denied that it was behind the attack, and Thursday a spokesperson from the Kremlin categorically denied all the allegations it was behind the attack. "We consider them unfounded and baseless and see them as continuation of groundless Russophobic campaign", he said in a conference call with reporters.

Most cybersecurity experts agree that NotPetya/GoldenEye was merely crafted to work like ransomware but was instead primarily aimed at destabilizing Ukraine - not necessarily to turn a profit for the attackers.

Though it is unusual to officially blame another nation for a cyberattack, the U.S. and Five-Eye partners blamed the WannaCry ransomware attack on North Korea.

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Foreign Office minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon sadi the move was the UK's way of showing it will "not tolerate malicious cyber activity".

The NotPetya attack appeared much smaller in scale, with global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab estimating there were thousands of victims.

"The attack showed a continued disregard for Ukrainian sovereignty".

British army chief Nick Carter later said that Russian cyber-warfare presented a direct threat to Britain.

Last November, Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russian Federation of meddling in elections and planting fake stories in the media. He called for more investment in the armed forces to be able to deal with it.

"The Kremlin has positioned Russian Federation in direct opposition to the West: it doesn't have to be that way".

"Russia is seeking to weaponise information".

"There is still no effective response from the West either in the form of countermeasures or sanctions", he said.

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