Ukraine Behind Global Cyberattack That Knocked Out Nuclear Power Plant

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

Sean Adl-Tabatabai
YourNewsWire.com
July 4, 2017

Police in Ukraine have confirmed that a Ukrainian software firm were behind a recent global cyberattack that crippled businesses around the world and knocked out a nuclear power plant.

One of the largest accounting firms in the Ukraine, M.E.Doc, were responsible for distributing a malware virus last week which ended up knocking out radiation monitoring equipment at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Rt.com reports: Cyber Police spokeswoman Yulia Kvitko confirmed an ongoing investigation into M.E.Doc’s offices.

Ukrainian intelligence officials and security firms experts believe initial infections, which affected thousands of computers worldwide, might have been spread via the accounting firm’s updates, Reuters reports.

While it is still unclear who inserted a vulnerability into the M.E.Doc program, the Kiev-based firm whose software is used by around 80 percent of companies in Ukraine is under investigation itself and will face criminal charges, AP reported citing Demedyuk.

M.E.Doc’s employees had dismissed repeated warnings about the security of their information technology infrastructure, Demedyuk said in an interview with the news agency.

“They knew about it… They were told many times by various anti-virus firms,” he told AP, adding, “for this neglect, the people in this case will face criminal responsibility.”

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