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The Ukraine asks for help from Europol in light of NotPetya attacks

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June 30, 2017

The Ukraine was hardest hit by this week's NotPetya ransomware attacks, and has called for help from Europol, the FBI and Britain's National Crime Agency to investigate who was behind the cyber crime.

England's SBU Security Service announced the international co-operation to locate and find the offenders. The investigation is ongoing, says internet security firm F-Secure.

As well as the three international agencies, the SBU asserted that other leading cyber security institutions will also be involved in the concerted initiative.

The agency is unequivocal about PetyaA, calling it a direct act of cyber terrorism at its best, and added that the investigation is to establish the attack sources, and correctly identify its executors, organizers and paymasters.

Within the Ukraine, the attack became rapidly widespread, partly because one distribution channel, a bogus Me.Doc software update, is one of two accounting packages the country's tax office initially accepts.

Beyond the Ukraine, it's widely assumed that the same infection hit several other companies who have Ukraine operations, but that are located elsewhere.

As F-Secure writes in its report: “We know of several victims who don’t use M.E.Doc and have no obvious connections to the Ukraine, yet they were infected during Tuesday’s outbreak. This mystery is one of the many factors that have kept us from jumping on the conspiracy theory, and we still don’t have any answers here as of yet.”

As can be expected, F-Secure is very reluctant to label NotPetya as state sponsored, but is “less and less” sceptical of that hypothesis, which is about as far as any sensible commentator would be prepared to go at this early part of the investigation.

Source: F-Secure.

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