BREAKING NEWS Police: Two dead on Hawkins Lane after shots fired Full Story

U.K. blames Russia for crippling cyberattack

The British government says that Russia was behind a massive global cyberattack that hit major companies in June 2017...

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 9:55 AM
Updated: Feb 15, 2018 9:55 AM

The British government says that Russia was behind a massive global cyberattack that hit major companies in June 2017.

Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmad said in a statement on Thursday that the Russian military was responsible for the attack, which initially targeted computers in Ukraine but quickly spread beyond its borders.

The attack -- called NotPetya -- hit companies including British advertising group WPP, Oreo maker Mondelez, U.S. drugmaker Merck and global shipping company FedEx.

"The destructive attack masqueraded as ransomware, but its purpose was principally to disrupt," the U.K. government said in a statement.

"The decision to publicly attribute this incident reiterates the position of the U.K. and its allies that malicious cyber activity will not be tolerated," it added.

The Russian government said it "categorically denied the accusations."

"We think they have no basis and no foundation, and this is nothing else but the continuation of the Russophobic campaign," Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, told reporters.

Related: The hacks that left us exposed in 2017

Ahmad said the attack had disrupted organizations across Europe, costing them hundreds of millions of pounds.

In September, FedEx attributed a $300 million loss to the attack. The company's subsidiary, TNT Express, was forced to suspend business.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 79293

Reported Deaths: 973
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah18432251
Washington11175104
Marion9745153
Clackamas684183
Lane458650
Umatilla450250
Jackson402838
Deschutes255815
Malheur247245
Yamhill181817
Linn164124
Polk134319
Douglas99819
Klamath9475
Jefferson87811
Benton8557
Union8158
Morrow6757
Lincoln67015
Josephine5795
Wasco55419
Columbia5444
Coos4583
Hood River4343
Clatsop3820
Baker3014
Crook2486
Curry1532
Tillamook1480
Lake1451
Grant1391
Harney1051
Wallowa723
Gilliam230
Sherman230
Wheeler60
Unassigned00
Eugene
Overcast
32° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 32°
Corvallis
Clear
28° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 28°
Roseburg
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 38°
North Bend
Clear
41° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 36°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events