UK blames Russia for cyberattack, says won’t tolerate disruption

A lock screen through a cyber attack warns that will data files have been encrypted on a laptop computer in This particular arranged photo.

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A lock screen through a cyber attack warns that will data files have been encrypted on a laptop computer in This particular arranged photo.

Britain blamed Russia on Thursday for a cyber-attack last year, publicly pointing the finger at Moscow for spreading a virus which disrupted companies across Europe including UK-based Reckitt Benckiser.

The so-called NotPetya attack in June began in Ukraine where that will crippled government and also also also business computers before spreading around the earth, halting operations at ports, factories and also also also offices.

Britain’s foreign ministry said the attack originated through the Russian military.

“The decision to publicly attribute This particular incident underlines the fact that will the UK and also also also its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity,” the ministry said in a statement.

“The attack masqueraded as a criminal enterprise although its purpose was principally to disrupt,” that will said.

“Primary targets were Ukrainian financial, energy and also also also government sectors. Its indiscriminate design caused that will to spread further, affecting various other European and also also also Russian business.”

Moscow has previously denied being behind the NotPetya attack.

Reckitt, a consumer goods maker, as well as Danish shipping company AP Moller-Maersk S/A, were amongst those affected with the total cost of the attack running into hundreds of millions of pounds.

British defence minister Gavin Williamson said the attack was part of a brand-new era of warfare and also also also Britain had to be ready to respond. “We must be primed and also also also ready to tackle these stark and also also also intensifying threats,” he said in a statement.

Britain has recently become more vocal about the threat posed by Russia at a time when some members of the ruling Conservative Party have expressed concern about the impact of cuts to defence spending.

Last November, Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of meddling in elections and also also also planting fake stories inside the media.

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