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Ukraine, dozens of government PCs infected after cyberattack

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(ANSA) – ROME, JANUARY 17 – In Ukraine, after the cyberattack on Thursday, dozens of computer networks of government agencies were infected with malware that can put Ko devices. To say it is Microsoft in an official post, taken from the Cnet site. The malicious virus – explains the Redmond company – has targeted several organizations in Ukraine, including government agencies that perform critical functions or are at the forefront of emergencies. If activated, the malware renders computers unusable.

“Our investigation teams have identified the malware on dozens of affected systems, and that number may increase as our investigation continues,” Microsoft says.

The operation by the tech company was detected on Thursday when the country was hit by a powerful cyberattack that took out several government sites on which the message “be afraid and expect the worst” appeared.

Microsoft said it is unable to assess the intent of the cybercriminal activity or identify precise characteristics that link it to threat actors.

A Ukrainian security official told Reuters on Saturday that the government believes it was hacker groups linked to Russian intelligence services that carried out the cyberattack. Moscow has repeatedly denied involvement. In 2017, Russia was accused of the massive NotPetya ransomware attack, which targeted government, financial and energy institutions in Ukraine and caused more than $ 10 billion in damage worldwide. (HANDLE).

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