Ukraine minister says police stopped a second cyber attack on country’s systems

Ukraine faced the brunt of a malware attack on June 27 that crippled its government networks as well as computer systems of major international companies.

world Updated: Jul 08, 2017 17:27 IST
Reuters, Kiev
Ukraine,Cyber attack,Malware
An employee sits next to a payment terminal out of order at a branch of Ukraine's state-owned bank Oschadbank after Ukrainian institutions were hit by a wave of cyber attacks on June 27, 2017.(Reuters Photo)

Ukrainian cyber police have blocked the second cyber attack against Ukraine, Ukrainian interior minister Arsen Avakov said on Wednesday.

Experts are still trying to establish who was behind an attack by a malware virus that crippled computer systems at major companies around the world.

Ukrainian intelligence officials and security firms have said some of the initial infections from that attack were spread via a malicious update issued by ME Doc, charges the company’s owners deny.

Avakov said on Facebook the latest attack was launched at 1:40 pm Kiev time (1040 GMT) and was scheduled to peak at 4 pm (1300 GMT).

He said that, until 3 pm (1200 GMT), cyber police blocked the mailing and activation of the virus from the servers of the information system M.E.Doc.

“The attack was stopped. The servers were removed along with cyber criminals impact’s traces obviously rooted from Russian Federation,” Avakov said.

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First Published: Jul 05, 2017 11:46 IST