Ukraine Was Hit by a Massive Cyberattack. Why the US Must Keep Up Support for This Key Ally.

Large-scale cyberattacks against Ukraine on Tuesday reportedly hitgovernment ministries, including the Cabinet of Ministers, several banks, a state power distributor, the Ukrainian postal service, a state-run aircraft manufacturer, and Boryspil airport in Kyiv, among other targets.




The cyberattacks have also affected companies outside of Ukraine, including an advertising firm in the United Kingdom; Maersk, the Danish shipping company; a French manufacturer; the U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck; a U.S. law firm; and a Russian oil producer, Rosneft.


Some cyber experts have stated that the suspected culprit is “hitting systems via the same leaked [National Security Agency] vulnerabilities as WannaCry.” However, the virus may well be a new version of ransomware that has not been seen before.


While the source of Tuesday’s cyberattacks has not yet been conclusively identified, the secretary of Ukraine’s security council is reported to have stated: “Already on first analysis of the virus it is possible to talk of Russian fingerprints.”


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