The cyberattack ransomware that has paralyzed computers across the world hit Ukraine hardest Tuesday, with victims including top-level government offices, energy companies, banks, cash machines, gas stations, and supermarkets.
(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) The Ukrainian security agency, known as the SBU, alleged in a statement that similarities between the malicious software and previous attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure revealed the work of Russian intelligence services.
There was no immediate official response from Russia's government, but Russian lawmaker Igor Morozov told the RIA Novosti news agency that the Ukrainian charges were "fiction" and that the attacks were likely the work of the United States.
"There are several parts of the code and strings that are shared," Vyacheslav Zakorzhevsky, the head of Kaspersky's anti-virus research department, told The Associated Press on Saturday.
This is the latest in a series of similar attacks in Ukraine," ESET said in a Friday report , suggesting the reason other countries were hit was because the hackers had underestimated the power of their malware and it had spun out of control.