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UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

AP  |  London 

Britain has blamed the for a global cyberattack that mainly hit businesses in last year, accusing of "weaponizing information" in a new kind of warfare.

said "the judges that the Russian government, specifically the Russian military, was responsible for the destructive NotPetya cyberattack of June 2017."

The fast-spreading outbreak of centered on Ukraine, which is embroiled in a conflict with Moscow-backed separatists in the country's east. It spread to companies that do business with Ukraine, including U.S. company Merck, Danish shipping firm and subsidiary

Ahmad said the "reckless" attack cost organizations hundreds of millions of dollars.

British accused of "undermining democracy, wrecking livelihoods by targeting critical infrastructure, and weaponizing information" with malicious cyberattacks.

"We must be primed and ready to tackle these stark and intensifying threats," Williamson said.

Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, strongly denied Russia's involvement.

"We categorically deny the accusations. We consider them unfounded and baseless and see them as continuation of groundless Russophobic campaign," he said in a conference call with reporters.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 16:05 IST