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Submission + - Russian military was behind 'NotPetya' cyberattack in Ukraine, CIA concludes (washingtonpost.com)

schwit1 writes: The CIA has attributed to Russian military hackers a cyberattack that crippled computers in Ukraine last year, an effort to disrupt that country’s financial system amid its ongoing war with separatists loyal to the Kremlin.

The June 2017 attack, delivered through a mock ransomware virus dubbed NotPetya, wiped data from the computers of banks, energy firms, senior government officials and an airport.

The GRU military spy agency created NotPetya, the CIA concluded with “high confidence” in November, according to classified reports cited by U.S. intelligence officials.

The hackers used what is known as a “watering hole” attack. They infected a website to which they knew their targets would navigate — in this case, a Ukrainian site that delivered updates for tax and accounting software programs.

In a twist, the attackers used malware that appeared to be ransomware — a technique that encrypts victims’ data and decrypts it only if a ransom is paid, to make it appear as though criminal hackers or some group other than a nation state were the culprits.

For many days, people were classifying NotPetya as an actual ransomware. It took a few days for people to understand what it was doing — that it was permanently wiping data

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Russian military was behind 'NotPetya' cyberattack in Ukraine, CIA concludes

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