Eight months after a large-scale cyber-attack known as NotPetya, which was targeted at Ukraine but quickly spread beyond its borders, a White House statement on Thursday finally acknowledged that Russia was behind it. The Kremlin, in response, called these accusations ‘Russophobic.’
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The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for a major cyber-attack known as NotPetya, which affected computers of companies around the world last year, costing them hundreds of millions of dollars each, after being originally targeted at Ukraine.
“In June 2017, the Russian military launched the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history,” stated White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. She added that the attack “was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine, and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ongoing conflict. This was also a reckless and indiscriminate cyberattack that will be met with international consequences.”
The Kremlin has rejected these accusations, calling them “Russophobic” and “groundless.”
Washington’s statement is viewed as a new turn in the relations between the United Stated and Russia, after the Trump administration’s repeated refusal to acknowledge the Russian government’s part in meddling in the 2016 US election.