- Title: Police seize servers of Ukrainian software firm after cyber attack
- Date: 5th July 2017
- Summary: KIEV, UKRAINE (JULY 5, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF EXTERIORS OF STATE SERVICE OF SPECIAL COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION PROTECTION OF UKRAINE UKRAINIAN FLAG CHAIRMAN OF STATE SERVICE OF SPECIAL COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION PROTECTION OF UKRAINE, LEONID YEVDOCHENKO, SHAKING HANDS WITH REPORTERS STATE SERVICE OF SPECIAL COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION PROTECTION OF UKRAINE LOGO (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) STATE SERVICE OF SPECIAL COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION PROTECTION OF UKRAINE, LEONID YEVDOCHENKO, SAYING: "I think after our country happened to become a testing range during this cyber attack, we need to understand that we need to strengthen cyber security system and we need resources, resources of the state and we need to attract investments in order to build joint cyber security system." BOOK ON TABLE YEVDOCHENKO TALKING TO REPORTERS
- Embargoed: 19th July 2017 13:38
- Keywords: Ukraine cyber attack virus cyberpolice Russia
- Location: KIEV, UKRAINE
- City: KIEV, UKRAINE
- Country: Ukraine
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0026OFXJK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ukrainian police on Tuesday (July 4) seized the servers of an accounting software firm "Intellect Service" suspected of spreading a malware virus which crippled computer systems at major companies around the world last week, a senior police official said.
"Yesterday, cyber police officers together with Security Service of Ukraine officers prevented the second stage of cyber attack by the so-called virus Petya. Activation of new infection wave of users' computer networks started at lunch time and was scheduled to peak at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT) yesterday," said Yaroslav Trakalo, Ukrainian National Police Spokesman.
Ukraine's cyber police said the servers of M.E.Doc - Ukraine's most popular accounting software - had been seized as part of an investigation into the attack.
Though they are still trying to establish who was behind last week's attack, Ukrainian intelligence officials and security firms have said some of the initial infections were spread via a malicious update issued by M.E.Doc, charges the company's owners deny.
The police move came after cyber security investigators unearthed further evidence on Tuesday that the attack had been planned months in advance by highly-skilled hackers, who they said had inserted a vulnerability into the M.E.Doc programme.
On Saturday Ukrainian intelligence officials accused Russian security services of being behind the attack, and cyber security researchers linked it to a suspected Russian group who attacked the Ukrainian power grid in December 2016.
A Kremlin spokesman dismissed charges of Russian involvement as "unfounded blanket accusations".
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