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The Trump administration, the British government Thursday joined in the public debt of the Russian government for the “reckless and indiscriminate” NotPetya cyberattack, companies across Europe hit last year, with London and Moscow of the “weaponizing information accused” in a new kind of warfare.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the Russian military had “launched the most destructive and costly cyber-attack in history.” She added that the move was part of the Kremlin’s attempt “to destabilize the Ukraine and shows more and more clearly Russia’s involvement in the conflict.
“That was also the end of a reckless and indiscriminate cyberattack, which are to be met with international consequences,” Sanders ” statement.
The fast-spreading outbreak of data-scrambling software centered on the Ukraine, which is embroiled in a conflict with Moscow’s support of separatists in the country, in the East of the city. It spread to companies that do business with the Ukraine, including US pharmaceutical company Merck, Danish shipping company A. P. Moller-Maersk, and a subsidiary of FedEx TNT.
Tariq Ahmad, a British Foreign Office minister said that the “ruthless” attack cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars.
The British defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson accused Russia of “undermining of democracy, destruction of livelihoods, and by critical infrastructure and weaponizing information” with malicious cyber attacks.
“We must be primed and ready to cope with these strong and intensification of threats,” Williamson said.
Danish defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said, the secret services in Britain, Denmark and elsewhere, had exposed the Russian responsibility.
On the occasion of a NATO defense Ministers are meeting in Brussels, he said the hack was intended to cause harm, and should be “in comparison with a military attack.”
President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, denied involvement of Russia.
“We categorically deny the allegations. We consider this to be unfounded and without merit and see it as a continuation of the unfounded Russophobic campaign,” he told reporters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.